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Charles Edward Williams

Military

1st Lieutenant Charles E Williams was born October 30, 1919. His next of kin were his parents, David and Gertrude Williams. He was from Clinton, Minnesota.
On August 23, 1942, he was the Pilot of C-47 tail 41-7803 of the 64th Troop Carrier Group, 18th Troop Carrier Squadron, when it crashed on a personnel transport mission near Wrexham, Wales.
He is buried in Clinton Cemetery in Clinton, Minnesota.

Awards: PH.

Service

People

  • Harry Adams

    Military | Private First Class | Radio operator | 14th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 49FS, 14FG. Passenger aboard C-47 41-7803 crashed at Moel y Gaer mountain 23-Aug-42. Died of Wounds (DOW) 26-Aug-42. Awards: PH.

  • Jonathan Akers

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 14th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 49FS, 14FG. Passenger aboard C-47 41-7803 crashed at Moel y Gaer mountain 23-Aug-42. Died Non Battle (DNB). Awards: PH.

  • Robert Anderson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | 14th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 49FS, 14FG, 8AF USAAF. Passenger aboard C-47 41-7803 crashed at Moel y Gaer mountain 23-Aug-42. Died Non Battle (DNB). Awards: PH.

  • Theodore Furness

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 64th Troop Carrier Group
    Assigned to 18TCS, 64TCG, 8AF USAAF. Co-pilot aboard C-47 41-7803 crashed at Moel y Gaer mountain 23-Aug-42. Died Non Battle (DNB). Awards: PH.

  • Israel Gross

    Military | Technical Sergeant | 14th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 49FS, 14FG, 8AF USAAF. Co-pilot aboard C-47 41-7803 crashed at Moel y Gaer mountain 23-Aug-42. Died Non Battle (DNB). Awards: PH.

  • Herman Hermes

    Military | Technical Sergeant | 14th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 49FS, 14FG, 8AF USAAF. Passenger aboard C-47 41-7803 crashed at Moel y Gaer mountain 23-Aug-42. Died Non Battle (DNB). Awards: PH.

  • George Lesikar

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Crew Chief on P-38's | 14th Fighter Group
    George was a graduate of Southwest Texas State Teacher's College and taught school prior to enlisting in the Army Air Corps in June 1941. While enroute to England the plane he was riding in crashed into a mountain in Wales called Moel y Gaer. George...

  • Raymond Nash

    Military | Technical Sergeant | 14th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 49FS, 14FG, 8AF USAAF. Passenger aboard C-47 41-7803 crashed at Moel y Gaer mountain 23-Aug-42. Died Non Battle (DNB). Awards: PH.

  • Jesse Patterson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | 14th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 49FS, 14FG, 8AF USAAF. Passenger aboard C-47 41-7803 crashed at Moel y Gaer mountain 23-Aug-42. Patterson survived the crash but died soon afterward at Wrexham Hospital. Died of Wounds (DOW). Awards: PH.

  • Richard Pazder

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 64th Troop Carrier Group
    Assigned to 18TCS, 64TCG, 8AF USAAF. Navigator aboard C-47 41-7803 crashed at Moel y Gaer mountain 23-Aug-42. Died Non Battle (DNB). Awards: PH.

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 64th Troop Carrier Group

    64th Troop Carrier Group

    Group
    The Group trained with the Eighth Air Force flying from Ramsbury, Wiltshire. The Group was reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force on 14 September 1942. Its first mission was dropping paratroops into French North-West Africa, at Maison Blanche, Algeria on...

  • 18th Troop Carrier Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-7803

    C-47 Skytrain
    Assigned to 18TCS, 64TCG, 8AF USAAF. Departed Bradley AAF, CT for the ETO. Routing through Presque Isle, Goose Bay Labrador, Bluie West 1 (Narsarsuaq Greenland) [3 week delay], thence to Prestwick via Iceland. Failed to Return (FTR) flight from...

Associated Place

  • Prestwick

    Military site : airfield
    Opened as civil Prestwick Airport with a grass airfield in 1936, it was also an RAF training, fighter and Coastal Command base during 1936 to 1941. Scottish Aviation established an assembly and maintenance facility there in 1938, developed during the...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Clinton, MO 64735, USA 30 October 1919

Son of David Archie and Gertrude [Gates] Williams.

Lived in Minnesota, USA 1941
Enlisted 200 Tower Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55111, USA 29 May 1941

Fort Snelling, MO

Died Coed Moel-Y-Gaer, Denbigh LL16, UK 23 August 1942

Pilot of C-47 41-7803 crashed at Moel y Gaer mountain 23-Aug-42. Died non Battle (DNB)..

Buried 25 August 1942

Interred
Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial

Buried Clinton, MO 64735, USA 1948

Re-Interred
Clinton Cemetery,
Big Stone County,
Clinton, MO.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 August 2018 13:51:35 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography
Sources

"Losses of the 8th and 9th AF" by Bishop and Hey Vol. 1 p. 27

Date Contributor Update
12 August 2018 19:15:32 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/310762466?terms=Charles%20E%20Williams
https://www.fold3.com/record/84568127-charles-e-williams
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/101918679/charles-edward-williams

Date Contributor Update
01 March 2015 03:03:01 WW2 Researcher Bill Beigel Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role and biography
Sources

IDPF and/or crash report researched by Bill Beigel. IDPF donated to American Air Museum by Bill Beigel. For more information about this flyer, you may contact http://ww2research.com.

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