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Charles A Haywood


Assigned to 339BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. Damaged by fighters on the return from a mission to Regensburg, GR on 25 Feb 1944, B-17 42-31142 made a wheels up landing NE of Rethel, FR. Prisoner of War (POW).

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.


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. ...

  • 96th Bomb Group

    96th Bomb Group

    The 96th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses to targets across occupied Europe from May 1943 to April 1945. ...

  • 339th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-31142

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/9/43; Gr Island 7/10/43; Romulus 10/10/43; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ-U] Snetterton 14/10/43; Missing in Action Regensburg 25/2/44 with Bob Lindstrom, Co-pilot: Bert Ripley, Navigator: Ralph Swanson (wia, gangrene set in, leg...

  • 42-39988

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 27/10/43; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ-A] Snetterton 4/12/43; Missing in Action Berlin 8/3/44 with George Pond, Co-pilot: John Day, Navigator: Glenn Johnson, Bombardier: George Peters, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Morris Ring,...

Associated Place

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

  • Stalag Luft IV

    Other location


Event Location Date
Born Cameron, MO 64429, USA 30 June 1916

Son of Oliver Claud and Minnie L [Chalfant] Haywood.

Lived in Belen, NM 87002, USA 1941
Enlisted Oklahoma City, OK, USA 2 November 1942
Based Snetterton Heath 1943 – 25 February 1944

Assigned to 339BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF.

Shot down Germany 25 February 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Regensburg. Damaged by fighters made a wheels up landing Rethel, France 25-Feb-44. POW MACR 2860.

Prisoner of War (POW) 78-220 Tychowo, Poland 25 February 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW).Stalag Luft IV.

Buried Carlsbad, NM 88220, USA May 2005

Sunset Gardens Cemetery
Eddy County
New Mexico, USA

Died Las Cruces, NM, USA 2 May 2005


Date Contributor Update
12 September 2017 10:55:42 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations

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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:25 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2860 / Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum Membership List, July 2000; MACR 2860, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces; Snetterton Heath pg 90 & 109 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database