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Yap Island Mission Loss—31 October 1944

The following plane was lost on 31 October 1944 on a mission to Yap Island. I would greatly appreciate anyone's help to locate additional information regarding the information listed below.Submit additional information, updates, newpaper articles, pictures, and supporting documents to: pat@missingaircrew.com

Date: Plane Type: Unit: Crew Names: Supporting Documents:
31 October 1944 FG-1A
Corsair from station at Peleliu
VMF-121, GROUP MAG-11, USMC
  1. Lt. George O. Beall, Jr. (23331) (KIA)
Bureau #14279

USMC Narrative describing the loss of Lt. George O. Beall, Jr.

USMC Casualty Report for Lt. George O. Beall, Jr.

VMF-121 October 1944 History.

Lt. Beall Memorial Sign

Description:

Hit by AA

Lt. George O. Beall, Jr.
Lt. George O. Beall, Jr.

Lt. George O. Beall, Jr.
March 14, 1946 Red Bank Register Newspaper article about Lt. George O. Beall, Jr.

VMF-121 Squadron Picture:

The following VMF-121 Squadron picture shows four of the Corsair pilots who were shot down over Yap Island in the fall of 1944 including, Lt. Allan J. Carmena, Lt. George O. Beall, 1st. Lt. Robert L. Gillis and Maj. William Jr. Clay. Carmena was rescued after ditching his Corsair, however, the other pilots were lost and are either listed as MIA or KIA.

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VMF-121 Squadron Picture
VMF-121 Squadron Picture-High Res Picture (3 MB)

VMF-121 Squadron Picture with Names
VMF-121 Squadron Picture with Names-Low Res

Crash Site Pictures

Pictures of the Lt. George O. Beall, Jr. crash site. On our 2006 trip we located what we called an unidentified American crash site that include a R-2800 engine but no other visible wreckage. We searched the area around the engine site in 2006, 2008 and 2009 without success in locating the rest of the wreckage. Over the years my research of all the Yap losses identified the site as that of Lt. George O. Beall, Jr. Lt. Beall was shot down over Yap on October 31, 1944 while flying a mission to bomb the Gagil-Tamil airstrip on Yap Island in his FG-1A Corsair from Peleliu Island.

MIA/KIA STATUS: The following information was provided by the Navy and Marine causality offices:

PERMANENT CEMETERY LAST NAME FIRST NAME MI SUFFIX RANK SERVICE # DISPOSITION
Arlington National Cemetery BEALL GEORGE O Jr. 1 LT O 23331 Individual identification

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