Regiment : 102 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Service number : 1237059
Conflict : WW2
Date of death : 27th April 1943 aged 21
Buried : Texel (Den Burg) Cemetery, Netherlands, Plot K. Row 2. Grave 32.
Relatives : Son of William Henry and Jane Beck, of Redditch, Worcestershire
Memorial : Redditch War Memorial
Also appears on : Redditch St George's Church WW2 Memorial
Howard Beck was one of an all-sergeant crew on board Halifax II JB918 that took off at 00.41 on 27th April 1943 from RAF Pocklington in Yorkshire on a bombing raid targeting Duisburg in Germany. The aircraft piloted by Canadian Sergeant Grainger never reached the target, it was shot down over the North Sea where it crashed North of Texel. The aircraft was claimed by Unteroffizier Georg Kraft of out of Leeuwarden in Plan Quadrat at 04:29 hours. There were no survivors; Sergeant Foley and Sergeant Beck were washed ashore on the morning of 28th April and buried with full military honours in Texel cemetery later that day. Sergeants Foley and Oatridge are also buried in Texel cemetery, Sergeants Harris and Willis have no known graves and are commemorated on Runnymede Memorial, Sergeant Wells is buried in Esbjerg.
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