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Birth: Apr. 16, 1923, USA
Death: Apr. 4, 1944, Romania
Francis Beck was the bombardier on the Thieme crew. 2LT Francis Beck was KIA on the fatal mission #40 of the 449th Bomb Group over Bucharest, Romania. The B-24 crashed near the vilage of Baneasa, in Province of Vlasca, Rumania. 2LT Francis corps was found on April 6, 1944 in the wreck of the B-24.
Francis was first buried together with his 6 fellows in the Catholic Cemetery at Giurgiu Rumania. 2LT Francis Beck was indentified by his identification tags. Later they were reburied in the temporary American military cemetery at Sinaia, Rumania.
Finaly 2LT Francis Beck was buried on The Ardennes American Cemetery at Neuville-en-Condroz Belgium Plot A, Row 21, Grave 19 with full military honors. The Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and Purple Heart was presented to his mother, Clara Johnson, after his death. He never married and he didn't have any children.
See the tribute page on Francis here:
Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial
Plot: Plot A, Row 21, Grave 19