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Charles S Gordon

Military

Charles Gordon flew 17 missions as a navigator and 18 as a bombardier with the 44th Bomb Group, flying missions out of Shipdham, England.

He joined the 68th Bomb Squadron on 11 February 1944. Charles initially flew with pilot Sam Bowman but in the course of his tour he flew with at least a dozen different pilots and crews.

On the return from a mission to St Pol/Siracourt, France on 12 March 1944, in B-24 #42-7507 'Heaven Can Wait', it crashed landed at RAF Friston, Sussex and burned. Charles was able to Return to Duty (RTD).

Charles is credited with Me 110, destroyed 7 July 44.
He completed his tour and transferred to 489th on 24 July 1944.

Service

People

  • Samuel Bowman

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined squad 11 Feb 1944. On the return from a mission to ST Pol/Siracourt, FR on 12 Mar 1944, AC #42-7507 'Heaven Can Wait', crashed landed at RAF Friston, Sussex and burned. RTD. Completed tour 11 July 1944. Trans/12th RCD 16 July 1944.

Units served with

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    Group
    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 68th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 235 BIG WEEK - DAY 6

    25 February 1944
    On this final operation of BIG WEEK, Day 6, a combined force of 754 heavy bombers from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched to bomb the German aircraft industries at Regensburg, Augsburg, Stuttgart and Furth, Germany. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 244

    2 March 1944
    The primary targets for this mission are: the railroad marshalling yards at Frankfurt, Germany; and the German air depot ar Chartres, France. The mission is composed of two entierly separate forces. 327 B-17s from 1st Air Division joined by 154 B-24s...

  • 8th Air Force 246

    3 March 1944
    A combined force of 748 heavy bombers are despatched to bomb the primary targets of Berlin, Erkner and Oranienburg, Germany, but weather and dense contrails forced most of the formations to turn back or seek Targets of Opportunity (TOs). 1st Combat...

  • 8th Air Force 248

    5 March 1944
    The German airfields at Mont-de-Marsan, Cayeux and Bordeaux/Merginac, France were the primary targets for this mission. Weather and clouds frustrate bombing attempts and formations bomb other secondary targets and targets of last resort. Mission...

  • 8th Air Force 250

    6 March 1944
    The industrial areas of Berlin and Genshagen, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. A combined force of 730 heavy bombers are despatched from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. The despatch from 3rd Air Division bombs Targets of Opportunity in...

  • 8th Air Force 253

    9 March 1944
    Berlin is once again targeted by this mission as a secondary target. Primary target not listed in source data. All 3 Air Divisions despatch aircraft. There is very little fighter opposition. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 256

    12 March 1944
    The industrial areas of St. Pol and Siracourt, France are the primary target fot this mission. A combined force of 52 B-24s from: 44BG; 93BG; and 392BG are despatched. 46 are effective on the primary target and 6 other bomb Targets of Opportunity (TOs)...

  • 8th Air Force 262

    16 March 1944
    The two primary targets for this mission are: the industrial areas of Augsburg, Germany and Friedrichshafen, Germany. A combined force of 720 heavy bombers are despatched from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. The bomber gunners of the combined despatch...

  • 8th Air Force 273

    22 March 1944
    The German aviation industries at Oraneinburg and Basdorf were the intended primary target for this mission but dense cloud cover prevented the attack on these targets. The secondary target of Berlin, Germany and surrounding Targets of Opportunity (TOs...

  • 8th Air Force 275

    23 March 1944
    The industrial areas of Brunswick, Munster, Osnabruck, and Achmer, Germany as well as the airfield at Handorf, Germany become the targets for a force of 768 heavy bombers despatched by all three Air Divisions. The bomber gunner claims on German...

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Associated Place

  • Shipdham

    Military site : airfield
    Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Massachusetts, USA 26 July 1921
Lived in Hampden County, MA, USA May 1942
Enlisted Springfield, MA, USA 5 May 1942
Died 20 December 2012
Buried Elmira, NY, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 May 2017 14:33:23 Lucy May Changes to service number, highest rank and events
Sources

NARA enlistment record: https://aad.archives.gov/aad/record-detail.jsp?dt=893&mtch=7&cat=all&tf=...

https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=149294830

Date Contributor Update
22 March 2017 17:42:33 Lucy May Changes to biography and person associations
Sources

Correspondence with Charles S Gordon's son, David.

Date Contributor Update
17 March 2017 13:06:54 tiganeasca Changes to aircraft associations
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Dad's records

Date Contributor Update
17 March 2017 12:56:24 tiganeasca Changes to mission associations
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Air Force and Dad's contemporaraneous records

Date Contributor Update
16 March 2017 23:31:15 tiganeasca Changes to mission associations
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Air Force and contemporaneous records kept by Dad.

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2017 19:06:05 tiganeasca Changes to biography
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68th unit history.

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2017 18:37:50 tiganeasca Changes to mission associations
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Corrected error on 3/6/44 mission.

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2017 18:11:59 tiganeasca Changes to nickname, role, biography, awards and mission associations
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The information entered today is based upon my father's discharge forms together with his and the Air Force's crew/mission records.

Date Contributor Update
02 March 2017 16:02:56 Lucy May Changes to place associations, aircraft associations and media associations
Sources

Correspondence with Charles S Gordon's son, David Gordon:
'The person you have identified as Charles "R" Gordon does not exist; it was a mistake in the records that keeps getting repeated. The man identified as Charles "R" is the same person as Charles S. Gordon. I know because he was my father. I can provide copies of his discharge papers and any other original documents you might wish to have but I have been trying to get records corrected for years since the original typographical error misidentified my dad as Charles R.'

Brought in information from duplicate record, which listed name as Charles R Gordon. Source:
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Webb Todd

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:58 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Webb Todd, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces

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