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Charles E Blackburn


Shot down 4 February 1943 in B-17F 41-24544 'Pennsylvania Polka' while serving as Waist Gunner. Killed in Action (KIA).

Air Medal, Purple Heart


Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 323rd Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24544 Pennsylvania Polka

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24544 "Pennsylvania Polka" was assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-O] Bangor 10-Sep-42; Bassingbourn 26-Oct-42; Shot down 4-Feb-43 by fighters 12 miles NW of the tip of Terschelling Island, Holland while on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards...


  • VIII Bomber Command 33

    4 February 1943
    The marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany are again designated as the primary target for this mission follwing the abortive attempt of 2-Feb-43. However, weather and extreme cold frustrate this operation also. The main attacking force consists of 65 B-17s...

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents ( , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...


Event Location Date
Born Pike County, Kentucky
Killed in Action (KIA) North Sea 4 February 1943

Killed when aircraft was shot down by German fighters and crashed into the North Sea. His remains have never been recovered.


Date Contributor Update
27 January 2015 20:27:45 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, awards, events, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 27-Jan-2015. Added decorations and Commemoration event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) record; added KIA event per MACR 3557 & 4635; made connections to PLace and Mission within existing website data. Added crew position to Biography.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:33 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3557 / MACR 3557& 4635, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop and Hey p. 72, WWII Memorial web site / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database