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Walter Willis Beam

 

Recent Address:

Oklahoma City, OK

Email:

 

Family Information:

Parents: Orville and Lucy; Wife: Margaretta; Sons: Walter, Jr and Chester

Hometown:

Dennison, TX

Date Entered Service:

July 5th 1943

Service Number:

 

Bomb Group:

468th

Squadron:

792nd

Location of Unit:

 

Missions Flown:

35

Hump Missions Flown:

Walt was on the first B-29 to cross the Hump

Targets:

 

Awards/Decorations:

 

Service Schools Attended:

Yale University

Military Specialty(ies):

Flight Engineer

Rank Upon Discharge:

Captain

Crew Type:

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

Hap's Characters 42-63424

Were you a POW?

No

Were you interned?

No

Date Transferred from the 58th:

 

Date Discharged from the 58th:

 

Post-WWII Military Service:

 

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Mechanical Engineer first at Dow Chemical and later at Conoco.  Walt was employed by Conoco for 39 years, rising to the title of VP of Engineering.

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

Mr. Beam was on the first B-29 from the 468th Bomb Group to cross the Hump

Comments:

Mr. Beam passed away February 19, 2010.  He is buried at Memorial Park Cemetery, Oklahoma City, OK.

 


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