Beyer, William Rockafeller, Capt

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Captain
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1055-Pilot, Single-Engine Fighter
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1944-1945, AAF MOS 1055, 361st Fighter Group
Service Years
1942 - 1945
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
Captain

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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1923
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Danville, Pennsylvania
Last Address
Danville, Pennsylvania

Date of Passing
Aug 15, 2016
 
Location of Interment
Odd Fellows Cemetery - Danville, Pennsylvania
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin


 Unofficial Badges 

US Army Honorable Discharge Air Ace American Fighter Aces Congressional Gold Medal


 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
American Fighter Aces AssociationAir Force Memorial (AFM)
  2016, American Fighter Aces Association
  2016, Air Force Memorial (AFM) [Verified] - Assoc. Page


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He destroyed 9 enemy aircraft in aerial combat from Sep-Nov 1944, the first was that of German 75-victory ace Maj Klaus Mietusch on Sep 17, 1944.

Synopsis of his Silver Star citation:

Awarded for actions during World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Captain William R. Beyer, United States Army Air Forces, was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the EIGHTH Air Force in the European Theater of Operations during World War II.

General Orders: Headquarters, 8th Air Force, General Orders No. 538 (1944)

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Captain

Company: 376th Fighter Squadron

Regiment: 361st Fighter Group

Division: 8th Air Force

   
Other Comments:
Sources:
https://aad.archives.gov/aad/record-detail.jsp?dt=893&mtch=1&tf=F&q=William+R+Beyer&bc=sl&rpp=10&pg=1&rid=705044
http://veterantributes.org/TributeDetail.php?recordID=639
http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=45732
http://www.361fg.com/Hist.htm
http://www.361fg.com/Main/Enlarge/376fs/beyerbo.htm
https://www.americanairmuseum.com/person/235058
http://www.cieldegloire.com/fg_361.php
http://home.ancestry.com
   
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World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Northern France Campaign (1944)
From Month/Year
July / 1944
To Month/Year
September / 1944

Description
(Northern France Campaign 25 July to 14 September 1944) Bombardment along a five-mile stretch of the German line enabled the Allies to break through on 25 July. While some armored forces drove southward into Brittany, others fanned out to the east and, overcoming a desperate counterattack, executed a pincers movement that trapped many Germans in a pocket at Falaise. The enemy fell back on the Siegfried Line, and by mid-September 1944 nearly all of France had been liberated. During these operations in France, while light and medium bombers and fighter-bomber aircraft of Ninth Air Force had been engaged in close support and interdictory operations, Eighth and Fifteenth Air Forces had continued their strategic bombing.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Month/Year
July / 1944
To Month/Year
September / 1944
 
Last Updated:
Mar 16, 2020
   
Personal Memories
   
Units Participated in Operation

762nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy

355th Wing - Desert Lightning

 
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
No Available Photos

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