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Aircraft: 230154

NAMES: War Eagle



PILOTS: 2LT  ARTHUR H BECKTOFT
MACR: 00953 SQUADRONS: 349 XR-H

NOTES

War Eagle

HISTORY

1943-04-15   Accepted into inventory
1943-04-17  Cheyenne
1943-04-24  Smoky Hill
1943-05-19  Dow
1943-05-21  Presque Isle
1943-06-01  Assigned to UK
1943-09-06   REM
1943-09-16   RFO - Snetterton
1943-09-23   REM - #2 engine failed
1943-10-08  FTR - Flak - Bremen, Germany
0000-00-00  
1943-10-08  FTR - Flak - Bremen, Germany

Pilot Info

Crew: 1 KIA, 9 POW

Related Info: : BECKTOFT, ARTHUR H

Comments

    WAR EAGLE XR-H and Lt Arthur Becktoft Crew

September 3, 1943, Becktoft Crew arrives at Thorpe Abbotts 10-14 days of Orientation Missions around England

Date & Target: Aircraft: Status Crew
6/9/1943 Stuttgart War Eagle XR-H REM UNK
7/9/1943 Watton War Eagle XR-H P UNK
9/9/1943 Beauvais AF War Eagle XR-H P UNK
15/9/1943 Paris War Eagle XR-H P Lt Arthur Becktoft 
16/9/1943 La Pallice War Eagle XR-H P Lt Arthur Becktoft 
23/9/1943 Vannes AF War Eagle XR-H REM Lt Arthur Becktoft 
27/9/1943 Emden War Eagle XR-H P Lt Arthur Becktoft 
2/10/1943 Emden War Eagle XR-H P Lt Arthur Becktoft 
4/10/1943 Hanau War Eagle XR-H P Lt Arthur Becktoft 
8/10/1943 Bremen War Eagle XR-H FTR Lt Arthur Becktoft 

Of the 8 OCT 43 mission Marengo has this to say: "We were hit by ME 109s out of the sun. One took part of our tail off and hit #3 engine which burned. I called the pilot and advised him of the fire, but nothing was done. 

When the fire burned through the wing and they saw it they dove the plane to put out the fire. Part of the tail came off and we went into a spin. the order to bail out was given and I got out of the ball and started for the door. then went back for my chest pack. Plane was nose down when I went out hooking the right chute clasp as I went. There was a waist gunner still near his gun when I left. I had never worn the harness before as I had 
swapped mine (which was too big) with another guy the day before, his was too small. Fate is I wore the smaller harness and am still alive. Floyd Lowe was hit in the back with a 20mm during the attack and was gone. The co-pilot was the stick that fateful day and two 17s were knocked out ahead of us and one exploded -left nothing but dust ...	

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