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Charles J Marlatt


Sergeant Charles Marlatt kept a detailed journal through his entire military tour. He flew 3 missions out of Kimbolton and another 22 missions with the 92nd Bomb Group in Italy.

On his first mission, he flew on the Carol Dawn on 24 Aug 1944, the second on Miss Lace on 25 Aug 1944 and the third on Mairzy Doats on 26 August 1944. En route to target, the aircraft's #2 engine fell apart and it ditched in North Sea, west of Haarlem, Holland.

Air Sea Rescue were able to save two of the crew: Charles Marlatt and Don Stover, the ball turret gunner.

RTD Rescued Damaged by flak and ditched in channel on 8/26/44 in B-17 Mairzy Doats #42107146. Charles Marlatt was not aboard the "Miss Lace" or a member of her crew [Aircraft B17G (44-6140)] on 30 Nov 1944 when flak brought the plane down over Großpösna, Germany.


Units served with

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb 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...

  • 527th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-107146 Mairzy Doats

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 6/3/44; Gr Island 12/3/44; Dow Fd 14/4/44; ...

  • 44-6140 Miss Lace

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa, OK 5/14/44; Kearney, NE 5/24/44; Dow Field, Bangor, ME 1/6/44; Assigned 527BS/379BG Kimbolton, England 10/6/44; Missing in Action northeast of Zeitz, Germany on 11/30/44 with 8 crew Killed in Action: 1st Lt Gilbert J Schlesinger, Pilot...


  • 576

    26 August 1944

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....


Event Location Date
Born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) North Sea 26 August 1944


Date Contributor Update
23 October 2019 17:12:37 harrietschariot Changes to media associations

"Short Snortor" belonging to SSGT George H. Simpson includes signature of Charles J. Marlatt.

Date Contributor Update
21 April 2017 22:37:32 lorelei1026 Changes to biography

Personal knowledge

Date Contributor Update
01 March 2017 23:04:11 lorelei1026 Changes to biography

German Report of Downed Enemy Aircraft, KU-3401, and US Missing Aircrew Report #11126.

Date Contributor Update
21 November 2014 15:51:09 Lucy May Changes to biography and aircraft associations

Combined two entries. This now contains information from the following sources:
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8465; 379th Bombardment Group Anthology, pg 319

Date Contributor Update
21 November 2014 15:47:48 Lucy May Changes to media associations

Correction: Fred Streif.

Date Contributor Update
21 November 2014 15:29:28 Lucy May Changes to firstname, biography, place associations and mission associations

Information supplied to the museum by Fred Strief who has had extensive conversations with the daughter of Charles Marlatt, the tail gunner.

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

MACR 8465 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database