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LT  Maurice E. BEATTY

MACR: 01026 CR: 01026

Comments1: 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER (EXP)




2nd Lt Maurice E. Beatty        P    KIA      10/10/43   MUNSTER
2nd Lt James B.Dabney,Jr.    CP   POW    10/10/43   MUNSTER
2nd Lt Grady Moyle             NAV   KIA     10/10/43   MUNSTER
2nd Lt Reid E.Griffiths         BOM   KIA     10/10/43   MUNSTER
 T/Sgt Alfred Loguidice       ROG   KIA     10/10/43   MUNSTER
 T/Sgt George C.Burgess    TTE    KIA     10/10/43   MUNSTER
 SJSgt Miorton Levine        BTG    KIA     10/10/43   MUNSTER
 S/Sgt Angelo J.Licato       RWG   KIA     10/10/43   MUNSTER
 S/Sgt Edward C.Karamol    LWG  POW   10/10/43   MUNSTER
 S/Sgt John Rupnick             TG   KIA     11/05/44  LUDWIGSHAVEN, MY (S.T.) with Lt Jack Hunter Crew 

351st Sqdn. This crew joined 100th Group on 6/9/43  

On 10/10/43, Sgt John Rupnick was replaced by Sgt.Smith J.Young who was KIA. Young was an original member of the crew of V.E.Fienup.
This crew,on its tenth mission,was leading the 2nd flight of the low squadron. From Dabney's statement,it appears that the plane exploded; he says  "S/Sgt.Karamol was blown out of the ship like myself while at his position as waist gunner."  German document says place of crash was "Vynen near Xanten" at 15.15 hours.

S.J.Young's body was recovered from the Waal river near Arnhem in Holland the next day. A.J.Licato's body was also found the next day in Dutch waters.  All those killed, except for Young were buried on 13 Oct 1943 at Muenchen-Gladbach Cementary in graves 349 - 355. 

According to a letter of 11/11/85 from William Rupnick,brother of John Rupnick, John was wounded on the Bremen raid of 8/10/43 and hospitalized for several months thus he was not with his crew when it was lost.  John Rupnick was flying with the crew of Lt. Jack Hunter on May 11, 1945 when he was KIA.  

Micro fiche #340  MACR # 1026
A/C #42-30087 "SHACKRAT"


1.   16/09/43   BORDEAUX           A/C 42-30087  "SHACK RAT"
2.   23/09/43   VANNES              A/C  42-30087  "SHACK RAT"
3.   26/09/43   PARIS                 A/C  42-3386    "MARIE HELENA"
4.   27/09/43   EMDEN                A/C 42-30087   "SHACK RAT"
5.   02/10/43   EMDEN                A/C 42-30087   "SHACK RAT"
6.   04/10/43   HANAU               A/C  42-30796   "SUNNY II"
7.   08/10/43   BREMEN              A/C  42-3474     "KING BEE" (John Luckadoo flew as CP on this mission)
8.   09/10/43   MARIENBURG       A/C  42-30723   "HOLY TERROR"
9.   10/10/10   MUNSTER            A/C  42-30087   "SHACK RAT"   SHOT DOWN

Re: Shackrat
Posted by Steven Heppenstall on 6/23/2003, 22:10:33, in reply to "Shackrat"

Hello Jim, 
Just come across your message, I am an ex Royal Air Force technician now living in Germany. I have been researching crash sites in my local area for the last three years. One of them is Shackrat, it came down very near the west bank of the Rhine, near the small village of Vynen.
I live about 17 km from this village, I still haven't been to the crash site myself as I have sites to search which are much nearer where I live. But I have a short story which I hope you could confirm if it is true.Maybe your uncle had talked about it.
According to an elderly gentleman who I talked to, the two crew who survived the crash were taken prisoner and locked in a barn by a local policeman, he then beat and kicked both of them before they were taken away. James B. Dabney and Edward C. Karamol visited this same policeman after the war was over, they knocked on his door and introduced themselves and if he could remember them. According to my elderly gentleman the policeman went very pale but they didn't beat him.
If you would like information on the crash site with pictures, I will see what I can do.

greetings from Steve in Uedem


Maurice Eugene Beatty was born in Cove, Ohio on November 2, 1921. His parents were Ira T. and Alice Mary Hunter Beatty. The US Census 1930 lists the family in Scioto, Ohio and the 1940 Census shows Beatty living in Portsmouth with his brother.

Beatty enlisted as a private in the Army Air Forces at Charleston, West Virginia on April 2, 1942. His enlistment record shows he had completed 4 years of high school, and was in the stenographic-typist field of work.

He was selected for flight duty, and trained as a pilot. After completing this training, and moving to multi-engine aircraft, he was commissioned, awarded wings, and given a crew for crew training. This crew arrived in England on September 6, 1943, and flew 9 completed missions. On October 10, 1943, they were scheduled for the 10th mission - a bombing raid at Munster, Germany. Over the target area, the aircraft was hit by flak while under attack from enemy aircraft. The aircraft exploded in mid-air. Luftwaffe records credit the shoot-down to Feldwebel (Sgt) Erick Mattern, flying a BF-109 from JG 1/8. The aircraft crashed in Holland. Six bodies were recovered from the crash scene. Sgt Young was found in the Waal River near Arnheim the next day. His remains were buried in the cemetery at Dooracberg the next day. Sgt Licato's body was recovered from Dutch coastal waters, and he was buried on October 13, 1943, along with everyone except Young in the Muenchen-Gladburg Cemetery in graves 349 to 355. All were later recovered, and moved. Young was moved to a cemetery in France, while Loguidice was sent to Margraten, Holland. Licato is on the Walls of the Missing at Margraten. All others were returned to the U.S. for family burial. Lt Beatty today lies in the Fairmont Cemetery in Jackson, Ohio.

Lt Maurice E. Beatty was performing duty as First Pilot on B-17F # 42-30087, named "Shackrat," assigned to the 351st Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 1026 was issued for this loss. Crew rosters and memos show the crew as:

2 Lt Maurice E. Beatty  p
2 Lt James B. Dabney, Jr.  c-p
2 Lt Grady Mohle  nav
2 Lt Reid E. Griffiths  bomb
TSgt George C. Burgess  eng/tt gun
TSgt Alfred Loguidice  r/o
SSgt Morton Levine  btg
SSgt Angelo J. Licato  rwg
SSgt Edward C. Karamol  lwg
Sgt   Smith J. Young  tail gun

Sgt Smith replaced the original tail gunner, SSgt John Rupnick, who was wounded in action on October 8, 1943.


TARGET: Munster DATE: 1943-10-10  
AIRCRAFT: "Shackrat" (42-30087) CAUSE: Explosion  


ID: 283