Duane Beeson

4th Fighter Group 01/31/1944



A.P.O. 637     U.S. ARMY




A. Combat

B.  31 Jan 44

C.  334 Fighter Squadron

D.  1455 hours

E.  Gilze-Rijen

F.  Low haze, good visibility

G.  Me 109

H.  1 Me 109 Destroyed

I.  . . . . . Pectin’s Red and Green sections were giving fighter support to the two sections of our squadron who dive-bombed Gilze-Rijen Aerodrome, and as we orbited near the target about 20 plus Me 109s were seen above preparing to bounce.

I was leading Green section and saw a 109 diving down to attack a section of P-47s, so dived after him to cut him off.  He evidently saw us coming and turned into us, but he started his turn too late and I was able to get on his tail after flicking out a few times.  I opened fire at about 300 yards and observed some good strikes around his cockpit and engine.  He had begun to climb before I opened fire, but as my shots hit him he fell off into a dive and smoke and flame began coming from the starboard side on his engine.  When I saw him again most of the fuselage was covered in flame, and the a/c was going straight down.  This combat took place from 20,000 feet down to approximately 15,000 feet.  Claim 1 Me 109 Destroyed.


Ammunition:  A.P.I.

245 rounds fired


D W. Beeson,

1st Lt., Air Corps.


Confirmation – I was flying Pectin Green 2 position to Lt. Beeson when he attacked a Me 109.  After he finished firing, the e/a was on fire, with flames spreading from the engine back to the tail.  I saw the e/a hit the ground.


J.L. Lang,

2nd Lt., Air Corps.


Official US Army Air Forces Combat Report by Duane Beeson of the 4th Fighter Group. This material is a transcription of official reports-testimonials of Duane Beeson's combat experience.

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