PERSONALIA
 
Name:  Beamont, Roland Prosper 'Bee' (Service number: 41819)
Date of birth: August 10th, 1920 (Chichester/Sussex, Great Britain)
Date of death:  November 19th, 2001 (Hampshire, Great Britain)
Nationality:  British
BIOGRAPHY: 
On October 12 1944, roland Beamont was shot down by Flak 8 miles Southeast of Bocholt whilst attacking a heavily defended troop train. He was captured and imprisoned at Stalag III at Luckenwald near Potsdam. He spent the rest of the war as a prisoner of war and was eventually released by the Russians in September 1945 who liberated the camp in May 1945

Promotions:
?: Acting Pilot Officer on probation;
October 21st, 1939: Pilot Officer on probation;
January 23rd, 1940: Pilot Officer;
October 21st, 1940: Flying Officer;
?: Flight Lieutenant;
January 23rd, 1943: temporary Squadron Leader;
May 17th, 1944: Squadron Leader (war subs.);
September 1st, 1948: Squadron Leader.

Career:
?: No. 87 Squadron;
?: No. 79 Squadron;
December 1941: Production and Experimental Test Pilot, Hawker, Langley;
July 1942: No. 609 Squadron;
?: Squadron Commander No. 609 Squadron;
1943: Production and Experimental Test Pilot, Hawker, Langley;
1944: Acting Wing CommanderNo. 150 Wing;
October 12th, 1944: POW Stalag-III, Sagan;
?: Stalag III-A, Luckenwalde;
?: Director Warton division, BAC;
?: Director of Flight Operations BAe;
1979: retirement.
     
MENTIONED IN DESPATCHES
Rank: Pilot Officer
Awarded on: March 17th, 1941
 
     
DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS (DFC)
Rank: Flying Officer
Unit: No. 87 Squadron, Royal Air Force
Awarded on: January 6th, 1941
Action: Citation:
"This officer has displayed great skill and efficiency during a long period of active operations. He has completed many night flying operations and, on two occasions, has assisted in damaging several aircraft on the ground in spite of intense opposition from the defences. He has personally destroyed at least five enemy aircraft".
 
     
DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS (DFC)
Rank: Acting Squadron Leader
Unit: No. 609 (West Riding) Squadron, Royal Air Force
Awarded on: January 29th, 1943
Action: Citation:
"This officer is an exceptionally skilful and courageous leader. Recently, during a period of 5 weeks his squadron has damaged 22 locomotives and rolling stock and destroyed at least 4 Focke Wulfe 190's; 12 of the locomotives were damaged by Squadron Leader Beamont. By his fine fighting qualities and great abiliy, this officer has contributed in a large measure to the success of the squadron he commands".
Details: Awarded as a bar for on the ribbon of the fisrt dfc.
 
     
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE ORDER (DSO)
Rank: Acting Squadron Leader
Unit: No. 609 (West Riding) Squadron, Royal Air Force
Awarded on: May 25th, 1943
Action: Citation:
"This officer is an outstanding leader, whose great skill, drive and determination have contributed in a large measure to the high standard of operational efficiency of the squadron which has achieved great sucuccess. Since January, 1943, Squadron Leader Beamont has put out of action 13 locomotives and many lorries in determined attacks at night. This officer has set a most inspiring example".
 
     
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE ORDER (DSO)
Rank: Acting Wing Commander
Unit: No. 150 Wing, Royal Air Force
Awarded on: July 25th, 1944
Action: Citation:
"This officer by his exceptional skill, brilliant leadership and great drive has quickly built up a fine fighting force whose notable successes are a splendid testimony to their efficiency and resolution. Within a short period recently, Wing Commander Beamont has destroyed 2 enemy aircraft and attacked numerous locomotives, barges and mechanical transport. His record is most impressive".
Details: Awarded as a bar for on the ribbon of the first dso
 
     
DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS (DFC)
Rank: Wing Commander
Awarded on: June 14th, 1946
 
     
CROIX DE GUERRE 1940
Awarded on: July 12th, 2003
Details: Awarded posthumously.
 
 
 
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Picture source:   - The C.E. Daniel Collection
Information source(s):   - Wikipedia
- Hawkertempest.se
- The Guardian-Obituaries
- Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 35107 published on the 14 March 1941
- The London Gazette Issue 35183 published on the 6 June 1941
- Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 35881 published on the 26 January 1943
- Third Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 36027 published on the 21 May 1943
- Fifth Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 36625 published on the 21 July 1944
- Fourth Supplemen tot The London Gazette Issue 37610 published on the 11 June 1946
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