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Name: Wilfred Beaver
Military Cross (MC) Wilfred Beaver
Country: United States
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 20
Victories: 19
Born: 10 May 1897
Place of Birth: Kingswood, Gloucestershire, England
Died: 19 August 1986
Place of Death: Columbus, Mississippi, USA
Cemetery: Memorial Gardens, Columbus, Mississippi, USA
 
 
Born in England, Wilfred Beaver was sent to Montreal, Canada to live with an uncle and study dentistry. He arrived on 4 August 1914, but three days later, he enlisted in the Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force. After serving with the Canadian Field Artillery in France, he joined the Royal Flying Corps on 28 February 1917. Posted to 20 Squadron, he scored 19 victories flying the Bristol Fighter. In 1919, Beaver relocated to the United States, becoming a U.S. citizen in 1926. During World War II, he received a Bronze Star for outstanding leadership as group executive officer of the 447th Bomb Group, a B-17 group stationed in England under the 3rd Air Force. After separation from service in December 1945, Colonel Beaver remained active in the Air Force Reserve.

1901 residence was Soundwell, Mangotsfield, Gloucestershire; 1920 residence was Greenville, Mississippi; 1930 residence was Jamestown, New York.
 
Military Cross (MC)
T./2nd Lt. Wilfred Beaver, Gen. List, and R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During the last five months he has destroyed five hostile machines, and has brought down completely out of control six others. During the recent operations he has performed exceptionally good work in bombing and firing upon hostile troops from very low altitudes. He has displayed marked gallantry and resource, and has proved himself a patrol leader of great dash and ability.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 13 Nov 1917 1500 20 Bristol F.2b (B883) 1 Albatros D.V   (DES) SE of Houthoulst
2 02 Dec 1917 1030 20 Bristol F.2b (B883) 2 Albatros D.III   (DES) SE of Passchendaele
3 05 Dec 1917 0925 20 Bristol F.2b (B883) 2 Albatros C (OOC) Dadizeele
4 03 Jan 1918 1545 20 Bristol F.2b (B883) 3 Albatros C   (DES) NE of Moorslede
5 06 Jan 1918 1210 20 Bristol F.2b (B883) 3 Albatros C (OOC) Houthoulst Forest
6 03 Feb 1918 1245 20 Bristol F.2b (B1156) 3 Albatros D.V  (DES) Roulers-Menin Road
7 04 Feb 1918 1415 20 Bristol F.2b 3 Albatros D.V (OOC) Roulers
8 05 Feb 1918 1120 20 Bristol F.2b (B1156) 3 Albatros D.V (OOC) Roulers
9 05 Feb 1918 1122 20 Bristol F.2b (B1156) 3 Albatros D.V (OOC) Roulers
10 16 Feb 1918 1140 20 Bristol F.2b (C4826) 3 Two-seater (OOC) Menin
11 23 Mar 1918 1220 20 Bristol F.2b (B1114) 3 Albatros D.V  (DES) Menin-S of Roncq
12 25 Apr 1918 1935 20 Bristol F.2b (C817) 2 Albatros D.V  (DES) N of Ploegsteert Wood
13 03 May 1918 1330 20 Bristol F.2b (C817) 4 Albatros D.V   (DES) Gheluvelt
14 09 May 1918 1125 20 Bristol F.2b (C817) 4 Albatros D.V   (DES) E of Warneton
15 27 May 1918 1125 20 Bristol F.2b (C889) 4 Albatros D.V (OOC) NE of Armentières
16 27 May 1918 1127 20 Bristol F.2b (C889) 4 Fokker DR.I   (DES) NE of Armentières
17 27 May 1918 1128 20 Bristol F.2b (C889) 4 Fokker DR.I   (DES) NE of Armentières
18 29 May 1918 1825 20 Bristol F.2b (C889) 4 Fokker DR.I   (DES) Bac St. Maur
19 13 Jun 1918 0800 20 Bristol F.2b (C889) 4 Albatros D.V (OOC) NW of Armentières

1 Observer Lt Cyril Angelasto
2 Observer AM/Cpl Malcolm Brown Mather
3 Observer Lt Harold Easton
4 Observer Sgt Ernest Deighton
 
Books
Guttman, Jon. Bristol F 2 Fighter Aces of World War 1. Oxford: Osprey Publishing Ltd., 2007
Franks, Norman. American Aces of World War 1. Oxford: Osprey Publishing Ltd., 2001
Franks, Norman and Frank Bailey. Over the Front: A Complete Record of the Fighter Aces and Units of the United States and French Air Services, 1914-1918. London: Grub Street, 1992
 
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