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.