Beser, Jacob, 1st Lt

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
M 7888-Radar Observer, R.C.M.
Last AFSC Group
USAAF
Primary Unit
1944-1945, M 7888, 509th Composite Group
Service Years
1942 - 1945
First Lieutenant

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Home State
Maryland
Maryland
Year of Birth
1921
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Baltimore, Maryland
Last Address
Pikesville, Maryland

Date of Passing
Jun 16, 1992
 
Location of Interment
Baltimore Hebrew Cemetery - Baltimore, Maryland
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Division 1, Section 5, Lot 1099

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Last Known Activity
He was the radar countermeasures officer on Enola Gay when it dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and on Bockscar when it dropped its bomb on Nagasaki. He was the only man to be on both A-bomb dropping aircraft.

His Silver Star citation:
Awarded for actions during World War II
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to First Lieutenant (Air Corps) Jacob Beser (ASN: 0-66), United States Army Air Forces, for gallantry in action while engaged in aerial flight against the Japanese Empire on 6 August 1945. Lieutenant Beser was the Radar Countermeasures Officer for a combat crew of the B-29 aircraft of the 393d Bombardment Squadron, 509th Composite Group, TWENTIETH Air Force, which flew from a base in the Marianas Islands to drop on the city of Hiroshima, Japan, the first atomic bomb to be used in warfare. Flying 1500 miles over open water to the coast of Japan, they manned their assigned positions and crossed the island of Shikoku and the Inland Sea. They constantly faced the danger of being hit by anti-aircraft fire, enemy fighters, or suffering mechanical or other failures which would intensify the risks of carrying this powerful missile. Throughout the mission the element of hazard from the unknown prevailed, for this was the first time that this bomb, much more destructive than any other in existence, had been dropped from an airplane. The effect it would have on the airplane and these crew members was only to be estimated. Shortly after 0900 they brought the plane in over the city, and at 0915 the bomb release was pressed. The bomb cleared, and fell toward the planned objective. They then headed from the area and, despite a minor effect from the detonation, returned safely to their home base. By their courage and skillful performance of duty achieved in outstanding fashion despite the dangers involved in accomplishment of this historic mission, these individuals distinguished themselves by extraordinary achievement and reflect great credit on themselves and the Army Air Forces.
General Orders: Headquarters, 20th Air Force, General Orders No. 69 (September 22, 1945)

Action Date: August 6, 1945

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: First Lieutenant

Company: 393d Bombardment Squadron

Regiment: 509th Composite Group

Division: 20th Air Force
   
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 Unit Assignments
393rd Bombardment Squadron, Very Heavy  - Tigers509th Composite Group
  1944-1945, M 7888, 393rd Bombardment Squadron, Very Heavy - Tigers
  1944-1945, M 7888, 509th Composite Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II
  1945-1945 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Air Offensive Campaign Japan (1942-45)
  1945-1945 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)
 Colleges Attended 
Johns Hopkins University
  1938-1941, Johns Hopkins University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-29 Superfortress  
  1944-1945, B-29 Superfortress
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