Charles J Prince


Shot down by fighters and crashed near Nordhorn on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-97447. Prisoner of War (POW).



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Units served with

The insignia of the 95th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment


  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-802509
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot


  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Patches
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: T'aint A Bird II
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 95th Bomb Group Base Air Depot 1 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron




Event Location Date Description


Lansing, Michigan, USA 22 September 1918


Detroit, MI 27 March 1941


95th BG Combat Tour

11 December 1943 - 10 February 1944



Barth, Germany 16 February 1944 Stalag Luft I (dates are approximate)


East Lansing, MI 5 September 2006 Charles J. Prince was born in 1918 in Lansing, Mich. He graduated from E. Lansing High in 1936 and enlisted in the Army Air Corps on March 27, 1941. In 1943, he entered Pilot training School. Class 43-G and won his wings and commission on July 29, 1943 at Ellington Field, and was assigned to a bomber crew and trained at Walla Walla, WA. A few weeks later, he was sitting on the right seat of a B-17 with the 95th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force flying out of England. He was shot down on his 12th mission over Brunswick, Germany on Feb. 10, 1944. He was 25 years old. Lt. Prince spent 15 months as a POW at Stalag Luft 1 in Barth, Germany and was liberated on May 1, 1945 by the Russians. He was awarded the Air Medal, Unit Citation, and POW Medal. After the war, Charles J. Prince went into the construction business (gravel & ready mix concrete) with a childhood friend. He retired in 1973.


Delta Township, MI 8 September 2006 Deepdale Memorial Park Delta Township, Eaton County, Michigan, USA


Shot Down/Captured

Brandlecht, Germany 10 February 1944


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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2547 / MACR 2547, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database