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Charles R Ablanalp


Killed in Action (KIA) in Switzerland in B-17 'Torchy Tess' 43-37854


Units served with

  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

  • 509th Bomb Squadron


  • 43-37854 Torchy Tess

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/5/44; Kearney 8/6/44; Grenier 28/6/44; Assigned 509BS/351BG [RQ-V] Polebrook 17/7/44; Missing in Action 53m Dresden 15/2/45 with Chas Alplanalp (Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Harry Gividen, Navigator: George Brown, Bombardier:...


Event Location Date
Born Chicago, Illinois
Killed in action Switzerland 25 February 1945


Date Contributor Update
03 February 2016 14:22:40 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, events and aircraft associations

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
MACR 12728 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
03 February 2016 13:44:11 general ira snapsorter Changes to surname

Correction to surname. Details at

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:53 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 12728