James Jacob Beene was born around 1921 in Chattanooga, Hamilton County, TN. He resided in Michigan at the time of his enlistment on 3 March 1943 at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. He was the son of James Jacob Beene and Lucy Pearl Helms. Lt. Beene died in 1943.

Lt. Beene was a member of the 57th Fighter Squadron and died when the P-51B he was flying (tail number 43-6394) crashed near Bartow, FL.

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