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2Lt Dale Dayton Beasley

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2Lt Dale Dayton Beasley

Birth
Joliet, Will County, Illinois, USA
Death
24 Mar 1945 (aged 26)
Wesel, Kreis Wesel, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Burial
Margraten, Eijsden-Margraten Municipality, Limburg, Netherlands
Plot
D-12-29
Memorial ID
56296634 View Source

USAAF WORLD WAR II
Pilot 2nd/Lt. Dale D. Beasley DIS
Hometown: Illinois
Squadron: 705th 446th Bomber Group, Heavy
Service# O2059149
Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster

MACR #13537
arget: supply mission to Wesel
Mission Date: 24-Mar-45
Serial Number: # 41-28814
Aircraft Model B24
Aircraft Letter:
Aircraft Name:
Location:
Cause: FLAK

Failed to Return ( supply mission to Wesel with Dale Beasley crew; shortly after supplies dropped and while at 300ft, A/C hit by 20mm AAA flak, causing fire to break out between No. 1 and 2 engines. Bail out ordered as A/C entered flat spin. Crew baled out, except the pilot and waist gunners, navigator's chute failed to open. 3 x RTD, 4 x KIA
42-73329 Crew
2nd/Lt. Dale D. Beasley Pilot
2nd/Lt. Thomas E. Campbell Co Pilot
Flt/Of. James H. Anderson
Sgt. Jack D. Smith
Sgt. Paul R. Walder
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FROM fag Contributor: 48021049

Suggested edit: Second Lieutenant Dale Dayton Beasley, born July 20, 1918, was the son of Glenn Charles Beasley and Glenna Alyce (Roberts) Beasley from Joliet, Will County, Illinois. Joliet is 38 miles southwest of Chicago.
In the 1920 census 1-year-old Dale is living with his parents and siblings Wanda 5, and Robert 2, at 111 Raub street in Joliet. His father is an engineer for a steel mill.
In the 1930 census 11-year-old Dayle is living with his parents and siblings Wanda 15, and Robert 12, at 211 Raub street in Joliet. His father is an insurance salesman.
The 1937 Joliet city directory lists Dale at 211 Raub st. His father is an agent for Prudential Insurance.
On his 1940 draft registration his address is 912 Kelly Ave., in Joliet and he works for Joyce Seven Up Company. When it sold in 1986 Joyce Bottling was the second largest Seven Up bottler in the country.
Dale enlisted in the Air Corps 2 Jan 1942 at Chanute Field in Rantoul, Illinois. He’d had four years of high school and was single without dependents. His civil occupation was listed under chauffeurs and drivers, bus, taxi, truck and tractor. He was 5’9” and weighed 151 lbs.
The 446th Bomb Group, who came to be known as "the Bungay Buckaroos" after the name of their Suffolk base, flew B-24 Liberators on strategic, support and interdictory missions over Europe. The Group led the Eighth Air Force and 2nd Bomb Division on the first heavy bomber mission on D-Day, 6 June 1944, and continued to support the ground forces move eastwards, dropping airborne troops into Wesel, north-west Germany, as part of the advance across the River Rhine.
Dale was the pilot of “F for Freddie,” B-24 #41-28814 (tail no 128814). The NARA WWII casualty listings by state and county for Illinois show Beasley, Dale D, 2 Lt from Will County as killed in action 24 Mar 1945. “F for Freddie” was shot down over Wesel, Germany, on March 24, 1945, in support of Operation ‘Varsity’. LT Beasley and 7 others aboard were killed in the crash; there were three survivors. Operation Varsity (24 March 1945) was a successful joint American–British airborne operation that took place toward the end of World War II. Involving more than 16,000 paratroopers and several thousand aircraft, it was the largest airborne operation in history to be conducted on a single day and in one location.

USAAF WORLD WAR II
Pilot 2nd/Lt. Dale D. Beasley DIS
Hometown: Illinois
Squadron: 705th 446th Bomber Group, Heavy
Service# O2059149
Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster

MACR #13537
arget: supply mission to Wesel
Mission Date: 24-Mar-45
Serial Number: # 41-28814
Aircraft Model B24
Aircraft Letter:
Aircraft Name:
Location:
Cause: FLAK

Failed to Return ( supply mission to Wesel with Dale Beasley crew; shortly after supplies dropped and while at 300ft, A/C hit by 20mm AAA flak, causing fire to break out between No. 1 and 2 engines. Bail out ordered as A/C entered flat spin. Crew baled out, except the pilot and waist gunners, navigator's chute failed to open. 3 x RTD, 4 x KIA
42-73329 Crew
2nd/Lt. Dale D. Beasley Pilot
2nd/Lt. Thomas E. Campbell Co Pilot
Flt/Of. James H. Anderson
Sgt. Jack D. Smith
Sgt. Paul R. Walder
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FROM fag Contributor: 48021049

Suggested edit: Second Lieutenant Dale Dayton Beasley, born July 20, 1918, was the son of Glenn Charles Beasley and Glenna Alyce (Roberts) Beasley from Joliet, Will County, Illinois. Joliet is 38 miles southwest of Chicago.
In the 1920 census 1-year-old Dale is living with his parents and siblings Wanda 5, and Robert 2, at 111 Raub street in Joliet. His father is an engineer for a steel mill.
In the 1930 census 11-year-old Dayle is living with his parents and siblings Wanda 15, and Robert 12, at 211 Raub street in Joliet. His father is an insurance salesman.
The 1937 Joliet city directory lists Dale at 211 Raub st. His father is an agent for Prudential Insurance.
On his 1940 draft registration his address is 912 Kelly Ave., in Joliet and he works for Joyce Seven Up Company. When it sold in 1986 Joyce Bottling was the second largest Seven Up bottler in the country.
Dale enlisted in the Air Corps 2 Jan 1942 at Chanute Field in Rantoul, Illinois. He’d had four years of high school and was single without dependents. His civil occupation was listed under chauffeurs and drivers, bus, taxi, truck and tractor. He was 5’9” and weighed 151 lbs.
The 446th Bomb Group, who came to be known as "the Bungay Buckaroos" after the name of their Suffolk base, flew B-24 Liberators on strategic, support and interdictory missions over Europe. The Group led the Eighth Air Force and 2nd Bomb Division on the first heavy bomber mission on D-Day, 6 June 1944, and continued to support the ground forces move eastwards, dropping airborne troops into Wesel, north-west Germany, as part of the advance across the River Rhine.
Dale was the pilot of “F for Freddie,” B-24 #41-28814 (tail no 128814). The NARA WWII casualty listings by state and county for Illinois show Beasley, Dale D, 2 Lt from Will County as killed in action 24 Mar 1945. “F for Freddie” was shot down over Wesel, Germany, on March 24, 1945, in support of Operation ‘Varsity’. LT Beasley and 7 others aboard were killed in the crash; there were three survivors. Operation Varsity (24 March 1945) was a successful joint American–British airborne operation that took place toward the end of World War II. Involving more than 16,000 paratroopers and several thousand aircraft, it was the largest airborne operation in history to be conducted on a single day and in one location.

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  • Maintained by: John Dowdy
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 56296634
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56296634/dale-dayton-beasley: accessed ), memorial page for 2Lt Dale Dayton Beasley (20 Jul 1918–24 Mar 1945), Find a Grave Memorial ID 56296634, citing Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial, Margraten, Eijsden-Margraten Municipality, Limburg, Netherlands; Maintained by John Dowdy (contributor 47791572) .