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Charles F Gumm Jr

Military

Flight leader 355th FS 354th FG. First Merlin Mustang ace.
6 air kills/2.5 probable/8 damaged.
KIFA March 1, 1944 Nyland, England while flying P-51B s/n 43-12165.
He realized he was over the Nayland village and that if he bailed out to save himself his plane would crash into the English town and claim innocent lives. He therefore decided to remain with his plane to steer it away from the village and to attempt a forced landing. It crash landed on the banks of the river Stour near 'Court Knoll' but, unfortunately, at the last moment his Mustang hit a tree and he was thrown out of the cockpit and killed.

Service

Units served with

  • 354th Fighter Group

    354th Fighter Group

    Group
    The Group moved to England in the autumn of 1943 and was assigned to the Ninth Air Force in December 1943. The Group were the first to fly P-51 Mustangs operationally and in their bomber escort missions pushed to find the long-range limits of the...

  • 355th Fighter Squadron
  • 9th Air Force

Aircraft

  • 43-6320 'My Toni'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 355FS, 354FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Brunswick bounced by enemy fighters crashed Hanover Pilot 2lt Rob R B McIntosh KIA (KIA) MACR 3252.

  • 44-12165 'My Toni'

    P-51 Mustang
    Crashed on take off, engine failure, 1/4 mile SW Nayland, pilot Charles F Gumm Jr KIA. 1st Mar 44, Pilot elected to stay with A/C for forced landing rather than bail to save civilian lives in Nayland. A/C struck tree and ejected pilot.

Associated Place

  • Boxted

    Military site : airfield
    Boxted was built for heavy bombers and became operational from May 1943. In the few months B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group were stationed there, there were two night attacks by the Luftwaffe. On 17 August 1943, one man was killed when bombs...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Spokane, WA, USA 29 October 1920 – 1 March 44
Died Nayland, Colchester, Suffolk CO6, UK 1 March 1944

Crashed on take off, engine failure, 1/4 mile SW Nayland, pilot Charles F Gumm Jr KIA. 1st Mar 44, Pilot elected to stay with A/C for forced landing rather than bail to save civilian lives in Nayland. A/C struck tree and ejected pilot.

Buried Spokane, WA, USA

Greenwood Memorial Terrace, Spokane, WA, USA
Plot: Space 10 - Lot 32 - Lawn 29

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 January 2018 05:29:53 fugari Changes to role
Sources

JCook Archives

Date Contributor Update
31 December 2017 17:32:47 bhend333 Changes to role
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https://www.defensemedianetwork.com/stories/chuck-gumm-the-first-mustang...

Date Contributor Update
25 October 2017 17:27:00 fugari Changes to highest rank, role, biography and awards
Sources

JCook Photo Collection & Archives

Date Contributor Update
02 April 2015 21:55:37 usxpat Changes to nickname and events
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Find A Grave Memorial# 60858299

Date Contributor Update
18 March 2015 09:57:05 Al_Skiff Changes to role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
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http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / http://www.naylandandwiston.net

Date Contributor Update
17 March 2015 22:56:08 pms2963 Changes to media associations
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Image obtained from the website below:
http://www.naylandandwiston.net/History/CharlesGumm/MemorialIndex.php

Date Contributor Update
17 March 2015 22:30:54 pms2963 Changes to events
Sources

This information obtained from the web site below
http://www.naylandandwiston.net/History/CharlesGumm/GummIndex.php

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:38 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

9th Air Force Roll of Honor (IWM in liaison with Ninth Air Force veterans and group associations, American Battle Monuments Commission, and Buddies of the Ninth Association) / Unit history, 8 AF Roll, Mr V J Lewis

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