Joseph Ronald Beasley was a Flight Officer Pilot. He was killed flying a Spitfire with 416 Squadron 127 Wing.
His brother, William Harold Beasley was a Leading Aircraftsman, affectionately known as an Erk. He was killed while “bombing up” an aircraft.
It wasn’t just pilots and aircrew that were casualties. Many “ground crew” were also killed and injured during the war.
From the book, They Shall Not Grow Old, here is the information about the Beasley Brothers.
BEASLEY, JOSEPH RONALD F/O(P) J23867.
From, Ottawa Ontario. Killed in action Dec 24/44. #416 City of Oshawa Squadron (Ad Soltum Paratus). F/O Beasley was killed when his Spitfire aircraft # SM277 was shot down by flak at Malmedy, Belgium. Flying Officer Pilot Beasley is buried in the War Cemetery, Leopoldsburg, Limburg, Belgium.
BEASLEY, WILLIAM HAROLD AC2 R188567 – armourer.
From Ottawa, Ontario. Died June 12/43 age 31. Died in an accident while bombing up an aircraft. AirCraftsman Second Class Beasley is buried in the Family Plot in the Pinecrest Cemetery at Ottawa, Ontario.
Mark White June 2013