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Jack Beaton DFC..     Royal Canadian Air Force   from Canada)

I know my Uncle Jack Beaton was stationed between Woodhall in Lincolnshire and probably Scampton with the Pathfinders. My aunt is still alive and kicking and she is forwarding his log book from when he piloted the Lancasters. I am interested why or how he got the DFC. Can anyone help?

Jack Beaton .     Royal Air Force 83 Sqd.   from Ancaster, Ontario, Canada)

Just received my uncle Jack Beaton's log book and want to know as much information as I can. I was told he was in the Pathfinders. He was with 83 Squadron in Conningsby, Lincolnshire and 44 Sqd at Dunholme Lodge, Lincolnshire. In the log book shows all his training in and around Lincolnshire starting with the Ansons then Bolly, Wellingtons, Stirlings and then finishing up with the Lancasters to the end of the war. His pilot almost throughout was P/O Cartwright. Jack was air bomber (armament),(navigation, bomber moving targets).

Pvt. Alan Robert Beattie .     Australian Army   from Australia)

POW Camp Fukuoka 17 in Japan

Cecil George Beattie .     Royal Navy Sonar Op. HMS Penelope   from Ealing, London)

George Beattie was my Uncle. He died when I was 12 and I only met him on a handful of occasions. He seemed to be a jovial man always laughing or smiling with my father [his younger sibling]. Regretably I never got to talk to my uncle about his wartime recollections and all I know is what my father told me. Sadly he too died ten years ago and there is nobody left to ask. My father said that his brother suffered terribly with his nerves after the war - apparently as a result of serving in the bowels of the ship working the sonar. My cousin has shown me what I can best describe as "coloured in" card on HMS Penelope on the right side with the typed words "With all good wishes for Christmas and the New Year" to which my uncle has written his own message. The date is not recorded. I wonder if anybody remembers him? He was born in 1912 and lived in Ealing london.

Gnr. Hugh Beattie .     British Army 23rd Field Regt Royal Artillery   from Stevenston, Ayrshire)

Uncle Hughie was captured at St valery and ended up in Stalag 9c POW Camp. He was also in Obermassfield Lazarette and had his legs operated on. He died from thrombosis shortly after the war due to this surgery. "God Rest his soul"

LAC. William Beattie .     Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (d.9th Aug 1946)

William Beattie died age 25, he was the son of John and Ann R. Beattie (nee Heywood) of Jarrow

William is buried in Jarrow Cemetery.

Trainee Butcher. Thomas Beaty .     Merchant Navy SS Anselm   from Borough Road, Wallasey,)

(d.5th July 1941)

Thomas Beaty was my eldest brother. Thomas died on 5th July 1941, 11 days before I was born, the youngest of a family of six. My mother received a telegram stating that her eldest child was missing, presumed dead on the sinking of the Anselm, so unfortunately I didn't get to meet my brother. Therefore, I would be interested in any crew members that knew him or of any stories that are related.

Beauchamp .     British Army 2nd Btn. Royal Fusiliers

My father and uncle served with 2nd Btn Royal Fusiliers during WW2.

Flight Sergeant F A Beauchamp .     RAF 59 Squadron

Anthony Beaumont .     British Army Royal Corps of Signals   from King's Lynn, Norfolk)

Tony Beaumont was my cousin. He was in the Royal Corps of Signals - I don't know what his rank was.

He was in Washington D.C., eating in a diner where there was loud music emanating from a juke box. Tony was a very quiet person. The story goes that he put money in the juke box to obtain "Five Minutes Of Silence"!

Sergeant B W Beaumont .     RAF 59 Squadron

John Beaumont .     Royal Canadian Air Force

John Beaumont served in the Canadian Airforce based at Bomber Command Middleton St George, Goosepool, during WW2. I believe that he is my Grandfather and would like very much to trace my roots, does anyone have any information on him?.

John Beaumont .     RCAF   from Toronto Canada)

John Beaumont served in the Canadian Airforce based at Bomber Command Middleton St George, Goosepool, during WW2. Prior to coming to the UK I believe that he was a farmer in Toronto Canada. Please can anyone give me any information, I believe that he is my Grandfather and would like very much to trace my roots.

F/Lt. Ronald A.W Beaumont DFC..     Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 57 Squadron   from Knighton, Radnorshire)

(d.22nd Jun 1944)

Ronald A.W Beaumont was the pilot in command of Lancaster Mk.1, (NN 696) DX - H which took off in the first slot, at 2300 hrs. on the 21st of June 1944, from East Kirkby on the Wesseling Oil Refinery raid. The aircraft was attacked and shot down by a German JU-88 Night Fighter flown by Uffz. Johann Werthner of 7./NJ2, crashing west of Geilenkirchen with the loss of all 7 crew members.

Wallace Beaumont .     British Army

My father served in the 8th Army Desert Rats.

Major William H. Beaumont .     British Army

Major William H. Beaumont was my uncle. I don't know anything about his wartime efforts except that I recall being told that he worked with Churchill in cryptography. My uncle was a stern person with a hidden sense of humour. He was headmaster and language professor at a boys' school in Norfolk. He also owned a light blue budgie named 'Tinker' who would crawl up his sleeve and peep out at the neck.

William L. Beaumont .    

William L Beaumont was an officer in the POW camp at Keijo.

AC Frank Beaves .    

Allan Sutherland Beavis DFM.     Royal Australian Air Force 608 Squadron   from Bilgowla Plateau, New South Wales, Australia)

I interviewed Allan on the 28th of June 2016. He was a navigator on 608 Squadron RAF and flew on 55 sorties on Mosquitos between October 1944 and May 1945. 25 of those targeted Berlin.

S/Sgt. Wesley Lincoln Becher .     United States Army Chemical Warfare Service   from New York, USA)

POW Camp Fukuoka 17 in Japan

W/O A. C. Bechett .     Royal Canadian Air Force 419 Sqd. (d.23rd May 1944)

Sgt. George Henry Beck .     Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 15 Sqdn.   from Dorchester)

(d.31st July 1943)

Sgt Beck served with 15 Squadron. His Stirling bomber EF428 LS-N, took off from Mildenhall at 22.46 hours for operations to Remscheid. The aircraft crashed at Kleinbroich, 9km east of Monchengladbach. All the crew except for F/Lt Dillicar, who is buried in Rheinburg War Cemetery, have no known graves and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. The full crew were:

  • Sgt A.V.E. Cobby
  • F/Lt J.C. Dillicar, pilot
  • F/O B.L. Jackson
  • Sgt G.H. Beck
  • F/Sgt I.G. Ramsay
  • Sgt P.K. Middleton
  • Sgt A.J. Gibbons
  • Lt A.R. Ingle

  • T/Sgt. Lester Arnold Beck .     United States Army Air Force 94th Bomb Group

    Lester Beck was shot down over Hanover on 24th July 1943. He was severely wounded and became a POW in Stalag 17B near Krems Austria until the end of war.

    W/O Paul Allen Beck .     Royal Air Force Bomber Command 57 Squadron   from New Zealand)

    My father Paul Beck, served with a Lancaster crew out of East Kirkby, Lincs. Other aircrew included Bert Simms (UK), Skip, John Harvey (RepSA), nav. Dad was w/op. One other crew was named 'Swede'. Ops Germany, Berchtesgarten, Ferry allied POWs. Skip highly skilled at flak and cone evasion. Comrades all.

    Dvr. Robert Beck .     British Army Royal Army Service Corps   from Glasgow)

    My father, Robert Beck was held in POW camp Stalag XXB. He was a driver in the RASC and captured in the rearguard around Dunkirk. We know that he worked on surrounding farms. He was among those that escaped before the evacuation of the camp in 1945 and taken in by the Russians. My understanding is that he was not happy with his treatment by the Russians and he was actually only repatriated many months after his colleagues who were marched back into Germany and liberated by the Americans. He was from Glasgow and emigrated to Australia in 1958 only to drown unfortunately in 1962.

    Bud Becker .     United States Air Force 490th Bomb Group   from Tallahassee, FL.)

    Bill Gamble (wife Bessie) Captain, flew with the 490th Bomb Group from England on bombing missions to Germany in 1944 and 1945. His crew were:

  • Walter L Benedict (known as Benny) (wife June)
  • Bud Becker,tail gunner,(wife Bonny)
  • Don Winters
  • George Miller (wife Twyler)

  • Horst Becker .     Luftwaffe (d.23rd March 1942)

    I work for the Bong Heritage Center (WWII Museum) in Superior Wisconsin. We have had donated the tail fin from a Dornier (Flying Pencil) twin engined, twin tailed bomber. Inscribed on it - "Shot down over Portland England on March 23, 1942 at 2000 hours by the 290th Battery Troop A LAARA (Light Anti Aircraft Royal Artillery) - Sgt Barstow".

    We have researched the local Portland Naval Cemetery and found the names of four Luftwaffe killed on that date. Their names are:

  • Horst Becker
  • Richard Gurklies
  • Gunter Bock
  • Horst Bockel.

    If you have any information about this event or the persons involved please contact me, so we may properly display this piece of history.

  • Leonard Becker .     United States Army   from Wynnewood, PA)

    Leonard Becker was the only member of his 12-man squad who hadn't been killed or wounded as enemy tanks shelled the snowy Ardennes forest during the Germans' last-ditch effort to stop the Allies' advance during World War II. He felt the blow to his helmet and was sure his luck had run out. So when Becker removed his helmet and saw the jagged gash through the metal, he sat back and waited to die. He couldn't bring himself to feel the back of his head. He was pleasantly surprised to find himself still alive 10 minutes after the shell exploded over him. He was evacuated by medics with wounds to his head, face and shoulder.

    After his helmet was hit with shrapnel, Becker wondered what he should do. "I remembered that we were instructed to take our sulfa tablets with plenty of water to prevent infection if wounded, so I put several in my mouth and unscrewed my canteen for the water but was frustrated because the water was frozen solid by the extreme cold, I then also remembered that if wounded, we should place a tourniquet between the heart and the wound, so I was going to put one around my neck, but then I realized I might choke." About that time, two Army medics found him and escorted him to the rear, where an ambulance was waiting to take him to a hospital. "And there I witnessed a most unusual sight,I stepped into the ambulance and saw three captured wounded German soldiers with the swastikas on their helmets waiting to also go back to our hospital. Suddenly, the war no longer made any sense to me because if we had encountered each other five minutes earlier, we would have tried to kill each other and now we were exchanging icy glares, I guess that war can make strange bedfellows, but I sure was confused as an 18-year-old Jewish boy from Philly."

    He donated his shrapnel-torn helmet to the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. "As a youngster, you can't wait to see the excitement of action but once you're there, it was just no fun to see buddies hit, some killed and captured." Becker hoped to shoot a camera instead of a rifle when the war broke out. He had been a photographer for magazines and newspapers at Overbrook High School and Temple University and freelanced photos for The Inquirer, so he thought he'd try his hand at it in the Army. It wasn't to be. The Army needed more foot soldiers, and he eventually found himself in the path of a German onslaught that created a bulge the Allies tried to push back

    Capt. Milton "Mickey" Becket .     United States Army 45th Infantry Division 179th Infantry Regiment   from Berwyn, PA)

    Milton Becket was assigned to Company A, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division, the Thunderbirds. The regiment was sent to Sicily in 1943 for the beginning of the invasion of Italy. It fought its way up the coast, captured Naples, and in 1944 joined the Allied Anzio Campaign to oust the German army from Rome. Allied forces took possession of the city on 4th of June 1944. Milton was wounded in action, but returned to battle.

    The regiment then was ordered to France and advanced into Germany. It captured Aschaffenburg, Nuremberg, and Munich. They crossed the Rhine River into Germany "All you could hear were the motors. We started across the beach, and whango, the fireworks opened up. Machine guns and rifles banged away. We had orders not to get pinned down, so my squad kept going."

    Milton received three Purple Hearts for wounds sustained on 10th of March and 6th of May 1944, in Italy, and 26th of Sept. 1944, in France. He also was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious achievement during the fighting in Italy and the Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor for his service in defense of France.

    WO 2Cl. Arthur Beckett .     Royal Canadian Air Force 419 Sqdn. (d.23rd May 1944)

    My uncle was a tail gunner with 419 Sqdn. He was killed in action over Munchen Gladbach when his Lancaster KB717 code VR E was attacked by a German nightfighter on the night of 22nd/23rd May 1944. The entire crew was lost and are buried in Rheinberg War Cemetery, Coll. Grave 3H.18-22.

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