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Beeler, Paul Merlin

Individual Personnel Data
Name Beeler, Paul Merlin   
Rank Second Lieutenant
Serial Number O-746679   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 545th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #146 dated 17 November 1943, effective 17 November 1943.
Duty Bombardier
MOS1035 - Bombardier
Last Duty Date 30 January 1944
Results Prisoner Of War
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1 Barth-Vogelsang Prussia 54-12
Additional Information
Graduated from Bombardier School at Kirtland AAF, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Class #43-08, 29 May 1943.
Related Documents Missing Air Crew Report # 2264 (4.236 MB)
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album

Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
2nd Lt. Writz, Horace FredPilotPOW
2nd Lt. Harmon, Russell DudleyCo-pilotKIA
2nd Lt. Gorman, Robert SebastianNavigatorKIA
2nd Lt. Beeler, Paul MerlinBombardierPOW
S/SGT. Robertson, Frank Garland, JrRadio Operator / GunnerKIA
S/SGT. Gribbons, Warren DavidEngineer / Top Turret GunnerPOW
SGT. Hetzer, Anthony Joseph, SrBall Turret GunnerKIA
S/SGT. Pazsit, Edward JosephTail GunnerKIA
SGT. Mikolayk, Zenen CharlesFlexible GunnerKIA
SGT. Gac, Edward SebastianFlexible GunnerKIA

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 5 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
45 22 December 1943 Target: Steel Shops/Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Osnabrück, Germany
Bombardier 42‑29828 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
49 4 January 1944 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Kiel, Germany
Bombardier 42‑29828 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
54 21 January 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Preuseville, France
Bombardier 42‑29636 Combat Mission Credit
41A Group.
Sortie Report
55 29 January 1944 Target: Aircraft Parts Plants
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Bombardier 42‑29632 Combat Mission Credit
Lead group.
Sortie Report
56 30 January 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Brunswick / Braunschweig, Germany
Bombardier 42‑5404 Combat Mission Credit
Failed To Return
Low group. Seen going down before bombs away due to enemy aircraft attacks; crashed near Döhren, Germany. Casualties buried in Riemsloh. MACR 2264
Sortie Report

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