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BECK, Levitt Clinton Jr.

Name: Levitt Clinton BECK, Jr.

Born 2 January 1920

Birthplace: Houston, Texas

Age at arrival in Buchenwald: 24

Died  ca. 21 October 1944 in Buchenwald

Service: USAAF

Service ID: O-736945

Service Rank: 1st Lieutenant

Duties: Fighter pilot

Air Group: 9th Air Force, 406th Fighter Group, 514th Fighter Squadron

Airbase: Ashford, Kent, UK

Aircraft: P-47 42-8473

Date shot down: 29 June 1944

Fate of crew: Evaded, captured

Evasion summary:

Date captured: 25 July 1944

Capture summary: Moved to Paris by Desoubrie, with Petrich. Interviewed by Marcharet.  Interrogated, transferred to Fresnes Prison

Boxcar Transport: 15-20 August 1944, in boxcar #1 or #2

Buchenwald ID: 78286

Notes on Buchenwald internment: Too weak from pleurisy and pneumonia to be evacuated with the others on 19 October 1944. PETRICH reported his death on 23 October 1944, although German paperwork gives 29 November as date of death.

Notes:  Diary of evasion period was recovered and published as Fighter Pilot by Kessinger Publishing, available from

BECK, Levitt Clinton Jr.


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