William T. Beaulieu
319th Bomb Group, 438th Squadron
Left to right: Earl F. Beaulieu, William T. Beaulieu,
George N. Beaulieu Jr., Raymond N. Beaulieu, Joseph C. Beaulieu
|Staff Sgt. William Beaulieu (kneeling, extreme
left), son of Mr. and Mrs. George N. Beaulieu, has to his credit is missions
over Sicily and the Italian mainland—for which he has received a medal and
two oak leaf clusters. He is shown here with his flight companions.
Sgt. Beauleau Writes of taking Part in 15 Bombings; Has Earned Three Medals.
He calls it ''fun" but the Army Air Corps refers to it as bombing missions, and thus far, Staff Sgt. William T. "Bill" Beaulieu, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Beaulieu, has been on 15, that is, up to the time that permission was given to him to write home about them. As far as his parents know, he has been awarded a medal with two oak leaf clusters. He is a flight engineer, a member of a bombing crew. He may now bombing the Italian mainland.
"My first raid was the bombing of Pantelleria," he writes. "I can't tell you where or what we bombed. My second and third were also on Pantelleria. That third raid of mine was the day of the invasion, June 11. I believe our group (here the censor cut out half a line). It sure was a pretty sight to see all the invasion boats down below in the water, but it was nothing compared to the invasion of Sicily, which came later.
"My bombing dates of Sicily are as follows: June 15, 20; July 4 (the biggest July 4th I ever had), 7, 9 and 12 ... Boy, talk about a swell sight and that was the invasion of Sicily. Hundreds of boats below and planes above. Believe me, it was pretty. I bet you would have liked to have seen there to see it, eh?"
"The last raid that I can tell you about was the day we bombed Sicily again (Aug. 1) ... A previous one was on July 31. I guess we won't do any more bombing of Sicily, hey what? Sicily is now in our hands - that sure was a great job. I have now earned another oak leaf cluster, my second so far. That makes three medals in all, counting the air medal that I already told you about."
Sgt. Beaulieu attended Calef Junior High school and La Salle Academy and received his wings and diploma from the Aerial Gunnery School at MacDill Field, Fla. He has two brothers in the service — Sgt. Raymond Beaulieu, 28, of the U.S. Army Signal Corps, stationed at Trinidad, and Pharmacist's Mate 2-c, Beaulieu.
Gunner on 40 Bombing Missions Returns Home for Brief Leaved to new duties.
Tech. Sgt. William T. Beaulieu, 25, U.S. Army Air Corps, a veteran of the Mediterranean campaign, is home on leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George N. Beaulieu, after taking part in 40 bombing missions during the past year.
After 38 successive bombing missions Sgt. Beaulieu was hospitalized for a while with yellow jaundice at the 60th Station Hospital on the is island of Sardinia. Before coming home on leave he flew on two more bombing trips with the same crew and in his same position as engineer-tail gunner before coming home on leave.
Sgt. Beaulieu has been awarded the Air Medal for five missions, with a silver cluster for 30 bombing trips, two oak leaves for five more and also has the African, Middle East, Sicilian and European campaign medals.
In an interview yesterday he spoke of bombing Rome and Naples several times, as well as parts of France. On his earliest missions he participated in the bombing of Pantelleria, the most adventurous of his flights were over Salerno. German fighters, though comparatively few in number, kept him busy, he said, for 35 minutes. He brought home with him a piece of flak which crashed into his plane near his station. He told how his crew members, though worried, never backed out of a mission. They hated to be grounded. A friendly competitive spirit existed among all our airmen in his, area, he said. Other members of his bombing crew were; Pilot, Lt. Paul Blanton; co-pilot, Flight Officer W. H. Johnson; navigator, Lt. C.A. Kozelski; radio gunner, Tech. Sgt. C.E. Loeber, and turret gunner, Tech Sgt. G.W. Ziegler.
Mice Are Friendly
The natives in Sardinia, he related, were very friendly and very poor. They would dig fox holes for the men at the camp and do many odd jobs for very little pay. He said he liked camp life in Sardinia even though it wasn't much like home. He was bothered, however, by rats and mice. The tiny mice of the country, he said, often crept into his bed. The only food obtainable on the island was oranges, nuts and eggs, which were supplemented by dehydrated produce and canned rations.
Sgt. Beaulieu was fortunate on arriving home about a week ago to find his two brothers, Staff Sgt. Raymond Beaulieu, U.S. Signal Corps, who had spent 26 months in Trinidad, and George Beaulieu, pharmacists mate lc, U.S.N. stationed in Newport, both home on leave at the same time. After a brief rest with his family. Sgt. Beaulieu expects to be reassigned to new duties.