Peter Beard was born in October 1922 to Frank and Dorothy (née Raper) who had married in Fylde, Lancashire three years earlier.
He was baptised on the 29th of that month at St.Nicholas Church, Hurst.
Sergeant Peter Beard was a wireless operator / air gunner in
78 Squadron R.A.F.,
which formed part of 4 Group,
At 19:07 on the evening of 22nd March 1944 he took off from R.A.F. Breighton in Yorkshire on a bombing raid against Frankfurt.
Peter was one of the crew of
Halifax Mk.III bomber
No.LW512, code name EY-Q, probably in the role of wireless operator.
Peter's aircraft was shot down by a
from 18,000 feet near Trier.
Out of control, the bomber plunged into the ground at Mohrweiler, 10 km NNE of Bitburg and all but one of the crew were killed.
Those who died with Peter were Sgt. S.Hampson (Pilot), Sgt. S.L.Toon, Sgt. F.G.Rees, Sgt. R.A.Renwick and Sgt. T.A.Liddy.
All of the men are buried in
Rheinberg War Cemetery.
The sole survivor was Sgt. S.A.Waterhouse, probably the rear gunner, who became a prisoner of war and was interned in Camp L6/357 as PoW No.3392.
On this raid 26
and 7 Halifaxes were lost, representing 4% of the total force.