BEADLE, DUANE STANLEY, First Lieutenant, # 0-691217, USAAF

 

Duane S. Beadle was born on 13 February 1922 in Hennessey, Kingfisher Co., Oklahoma to Wilbur Beadle (1891-1939) (KS) and Estella Katherine (Johnson) Beadle (1889-1947) (KS). Siblings included Ernest Wilbur Beadle (1913-2004), Lester Louis Beadle (1914-1984), Donovan Max Beadle (1920-2013). He graduated from Buchanan High School in 1940. He married Emma Jean Grieger (1923-2007) on 11 July 1944 at USAAF Langley Field, Elizabeth City Co., Virginia. He was then assigned to the 111th USAAF Base Unit, Section E, Langley Field.

 

After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 16 November 1944, a B-24J, # 44-41451, “Love Sugar Oboe,” assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 375th Bomb Squadron, departed the aifield at Chengkung, China, on a combat & reconnaissance sweep over the South China Sea. It was last known to be in the vicinity of Mengtaz, China, at about 0230 Z (friendly territory).  He is remembered on the memorial wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial marker was placed in the Oak Ridge Cemetery, Buchanan, Berrien Co., Michigan.

 

His brother, Lester L. Beadle, born 12 August 1914, served in the U.S. Navy from 15 July 1943 to 11 November 1945. He died on 16 June 1984 in Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Florida.

 

His brother, Donovan M. Beadle, born 13 January 1920, served in the U.S. Army from 30 July 1942. He retired a Colonel. He died 20 January 2013 in Peoria, Maricopa Co., Arizona.

GRAPER, CHARLES WILLIAM, JR., Second Lieutenant, # 0-821263, USAAF

 

Charles W. Graper Jr. was born on 13 February 1925 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Charles W. Graper (1897-1977) and Gertrude Margaret (Stepp) Graper (1902-1963). Siblings included Dorothy G. (Graper) Hillenbrand (1926-    ) and Richard E. Graper (1929-2012). The family lived at 2024 E. Hempstead St., Pittsburgh, PA, between 1943-1950.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on 12 April 1943. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings.