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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 1944-1945, P-51/F-51 Mustang
From Year
1944
To Year
1945
   
Personal Memories
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Aircraft/Missile Information
General characteristics

* Crew: 1
* Length: 32 ft 3 in (9.83 m)
* Wingspan: 37 ft 0 in (11.28 m)
* Height: 13 ft 8 in (4.17 m)
* Wing area: 235 ft� (21.83 m�)
* Empty weight: 7,635 lb (3,465 kg)
* Loaded weight: 9,200 lb (4,175 kg)
* Max takeoff weight: 12,100 lb (5,490 kg)
* Powerplant: 1� Packard Merlin V-1650-7 liquid-cooled supercharged V-12, 1,695 hp (1,265 kW)
* Zero-lift drag coefficient: 0.0163
* Drag area: 3.80 ft� (0.35 m�)
* Aspect ratio: 5.83

Performance

* Maximum speed: 437 mph (703 km/h) at 25,000 ft (7,620 m)
* Cruise speed: 362 mph (580 km/h)
* Stall speed: 100 mph (160 km/h)
* Range: 1,650 mi (2,755 km) with external tanks
* Service ceiling 41,900 ft (12,770 m)
* Rate of climb: 3,200 ft/min (16.3 m/s)
* Wing loading: 39 lb/ft� (192 kg/m�)
* Power/mass: 0.18 hp/lb (300 W/kg)
* Lift-to-drag ratio: 14.6
* Recommended Mach limit 0.8

Armament

* 6 � 0.50 in (12.7 mm) machine guns; 400 rounds per gun for the two inboard guns; 270 per outboard gun
* 2 hardpoints for up to 2,000 lb (907 kg)
* 10 � 5 in (127 mm) rockets


Specifications

* A-36A Apache - Dive bomber (US Army)
* F-6 - US Army offshoots model
* F-6A - US Army offshoots model
* F-6C - Reconnaissance variant
* P-51A - More powerful powerplant; 4 x machine guns.
* P-51B - 4 x machine guns; Original and bubble canopy.
* P-51C - 4 x machine guns; Original and bubble canopy.
* P-51D - Classic variant; most produced.
* P-51H - Lighter airframe version
* P-51K - Featuring an Aeroproducts propeller.
* F-51 - Redesignated to "Fighter" in the new jet fighter age.
* F-6K - Reconnaissance version of P-51K

   
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Last Updated: Sep 1, 2020
   
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  • Candelaria, Richard Gomez, Col, (1943-1964)
  • Case, Robert
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