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Charles V Blondell

Military

Charles "Chuck" was one of 9 children born to immigrant farmers from Belgium.

After the bomb run the aircraft was hit by ME109's and a fighter rammed it breaking the wing in half. The plane blew up and was disintegrated in midair with two survivors.

Service

Units served with

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 525th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31093

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/9/43; Scott 1/10/43; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-L] Kimbolton 9/10/43; Missing in Action Kiel 5/1/44 with Tom Eaton, Co-pilot: Henry Hainline, Navigator: Bob Doty, Bombardier: Cliff Wright, Radio Operator: Arnold Clark, Ball turret...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 176

    5 January 1944
    This mission consists of five elements: The first element is a combined force of 131 B-17s are despatched by 1st Bomb Division: 92BG; 303BG; 305BG; 306BG; 379BG; 384BG; and 482BG to bomb the shipyards and industrial areas of Kiel, Germany. 119 are...

Associated Place

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Hecter, Minnesota, USA
Killed in Action (KIA) Germany 5 January 1944
Died 5 January 1944
Buried

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 April 2020 13:42:54 Lucy May Changes to nickname, service number, biography, awards and place associations
Sources

Carried over edits made by user 'Slistul' (https://www.americanairmuseum.com/user/34307) to a record for a different airman with the same name (https://www.americanairmuseum.com/person/29787).

'Slistul' is Sarah Berglund Listul (grand-daughter of Chuck's brother, Henry).

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:00 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

379th Bombardment Group Anthology, pg 291 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1944 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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