Victor Beamish

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Victor Beamish
Born (1903-09-27)27 September 1903
Dunmanway, Ireland
Died 28 March 1942(1942-03-28) (aged 38)
English Channel near Calais
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Air Force
Years of service 1921–1933
Rank Group Captain
Service number 16089
Commands held RAF Kenley (1942)
RAF Debden (1941)
RAF North Weald (1940–41)
No. 504 Squadron RAF (1938–40)
No. 64 Squadron RAF (1937–38)

Second World War

Awards Distinguished Service Order & Bar
Distinguished Flying Cross
Air Force Cross
Mentioned in Despatches

Group Captain Francis Victor Beamish DSO & Bar, DFCAFC (27 September 1903 – 28 March 1942) was a Royal Air Force fighter pilot and flying ace of the Second World War. After flying during the Battle of Britain, he was killed on operations in 1942.[1][2][3]

He also played rugby for played rugby union for Harlequins, Leicester, Hants, Royal Air Force and Irish Trials for several years.

He was the eldest of the Beamish brothers who were all accomplished sportsmen and RAF officers; his brothers being George, Charles and Cecil.


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  3. ^ ‘BEAMISH, Wing-Comdr (Acting Gp-Captain) Francis Victor’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2007; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2013 ; online edn, June 2013 accessed 7 Jan 2014