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Charles Edward Khourie


Charles E Khourie was born in Ohio in 1921. His parents, Adeeb and Emily had moved to America from Syria in 1920 with Charles' older siblings. He grew up in Columbus where his father and uncle ran the Khourie's Direct Importers store on S High Street.

He served as a co-pilot with the 398th Bomb Group. His crew arrived arrived at Nuthampstead on 6 August 1944.

On 27 September 1944, Khourie became a 603rd Bomb Squadron Flight Commander.

On 15 October 1944, he was Killed in Action when his aircraft crashed on takeoff into the Anstey moat. He was later buried at Arlington Cemetery.


Units served with

  • 398th Bomb Group

    398th Bomb Group

    The 398th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire on strategic bombing raids over Germany. The Group switched focus in the days before D-Day, when they targeted enemy positions on the Cherbourg peninsula. When the Allied...

  • 603rd Bomb Squadron


  • 42-97746

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 14/2/44; 1SAG Langley 12/3/44; Dow Fd 29/5/44; Assigned 91BG Bassingbourne 29/6/44 as GH a/c; transferred 602BS/398BG [K8-T] Nuthampstead 29/6/44; 601BS [3O-C]; 603BS [N7-T]; crashed on take off for Cologne 15/10/44 at Anstey, Herts....

Associated Place

  • Nuthampstead

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43, Nuthampstead was the nearest Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base to London. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied from September 1943 to April 1944 by the 55th...


Event Location Date
Born 24 August 1921
Lived in Columbus, OH, USA 1930

At the time of the census, Charlie Khourie is listed as living with his uncle and aunt, Naj and Malvina Khourie, his father and mother, Adeeb and Emily Khourie, and his brothers and sisters.

Charles' uncle and father run The two brothers run Khourie's Direct Importers store 43 S High St, Columbus, OH 43215, USA 1930 – 1945

The employment of the two brothers is listed as 'merchants' for an 'oriental'/'imported' store in the 1930 and 1940 censuses. The address of the store is given in the Columbus' City Directory of 1945.

Graduated from East High School Columbus, OH, USA 1939
Died Anstey, Buntingford SG9, UK 15 October 1944
Buried 1948


Date Contributor Update
03 November 2016 17:53:33 Lucy May Changes to middlename, nickname, biography and events

Via Ancestry:
1930 census (listed as Charlie A Khourie)
1940 census
East High School 1939 yearbook - he signed himself as 'Jack Khourie'
1945 Columbus City Directory

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2016 17:04:46 Lucy May Changes to biography, awards and events

Changed spelling of name from Charles L Khouri to Charles E Khourie.

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2016 16:51:55 Lucy May Changes to nickname, role, events, place associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:49 AAM AAM ingest

Combat Chronology Supplement / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia