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Charles Franklin Bain

Military

Assigned to 55FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited 2 x Ju88 destroyed. Failed to Return (FTR) strafing mission to Parow aerodrome, hit in engine by ground fire, headed out to sea, A/C P-51 'Kinky' 43-25033 abandoned and crashed into Baltic 25-Aug-44. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 7945.

Awards: DFC, AM (4OLC), POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

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. ...

  • 20th Fighter Group

    20th Fighter Group

    Group
    In August 1943, the 20th Fighter Group arrived in Clyde, Scotland, before travelling to Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire, which was to be their base for the rest of the war. The Group flew 312 missions before their last mission on 25 April 1945. The...

  • 55th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 43-25033 'Kinky'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 55FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Lt James S Reynolds. Failed to Return (FTR) strafing mission to Parow aerodrome, hit in engine by ground fire, headed out to sea, A/C abandoned and crashed into Baltic 25-Aug-44. Pilot 1st Lt...

Associated Place

  • Wittering

    Military site : airfield
    Wittering, now in Cambridgeshire, began as RFC Stamford in 1916. By the end of the First World War, it had been renamed RAF Wittering, and was used by both British and American aircraft. It had six hangars, fifteen aircraft sheds and many other...

Events

Event Location Date
Born McLean County, IL, USA 1921
Lived in Bloomington, Illinois 1941
Enlisted Peoria, IL, USA 12 June 1942
Based Wittering 15 April 1944 – 25 August 1944

Assigned to 55FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Wittering, Peterborough PE8, UK 2 July 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany 25 August 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft I.

Baled out Hiddensee, Germany 25 August 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) strafing mission to Parow aerodrome, hit in engine by ground fire, headed out to sea, A/C P-51 'Kinky' 43-25033 abandoned and crashed into Baltic 25-Aug-44. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 7945.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 August 2016 09:45:40 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Bain
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmacr.asp?MACR=7945
https://www.fold3.com/image/28665527

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:37 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 7945 / MACR 7945, King's Cliffe Memorial Edition / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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