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Charles Albert Felts

Military

Mar 12 '45: entire crew bailed out of B-24 #4440357 over Valkenburg, Holland after returning from raid on Friedberg, Ger. Returned 50 year later for a reunion. The pilot's window in its metal frame was donated to the 8th AF museum in a ceremony at the museum.

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  • Marvin Allard

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Radio Operator | 466th Bomb Group

  • Harry Bender

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Waist Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

  • Charles Dondes

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 466th Bomb Group
    March 12, 1945. Entire crew bailed out of B=24 Liberator #4440357 over Valkenburg, Holland after returning from raid on Friedberg, Ger. Returned 50 year later for a reunion. , Was member of Charlie Felts crew. The pilot's window in its metal frame was...

  • Edmond Hall

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • Edwin Kimmel

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 466th Bomb Group

  • Merritt McLaughlin

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 466th Bomb Group

  • Clinton Swanson

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Tail Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

  • Martin Tarlosky

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Nose Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

  • Edward Weidner

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Waist Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

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Units served with

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 787th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 44-40253 Hard Luck

    B-24 Liberator
    An original a/c of the 493rd BG, she was transferred to the 466th BG when the former transitioned to B-17's.

  • 44-40357

    B-24 Liberator

Missions

  • 863

    4 March 1945

Associated Place

  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Madisonville, KY, USA 14 August 1921
Lived in Elkton, KY, USA 1930
466th BG Combat Tour Attlebridge, Norwich, Norfolk NR9, UK 9 February 1945 – 25 April 1945
Died Winter Haven, FL, USA 31 October 2011

Lt. Col. Charles Albert Felts of Winter Haven passed away Monday, October 31, 2011 at the Winter Haven Hospital.

He was born August 14, 1921 in Madisonville, KY to the late Albert Garland & Mary Frances (Walsh) Felts of Elkton, KY. In May 2002 "Hezzy", as his friends called him, moved from Elkton, KY to Winter Haven, FL. He was retired, as Post Master, from the U.S. Post Office in 1983. He was a member of the Parkland Baptist Church in Winter Haven. He also retired as a Lt. Col. from the U.S. Air Force, where he served in World War II as a pilot of the B24 Bomber. He was a member of the American Legion for 54 years, played minor league baseball before World War II, and he loved fishing and golf. Recently, a book entitled "Destination Germany" by Jim MacMeekin, was published depicting the 8th Air Force military lives of him and his crew.

Buried Elkton, KY, USA 4 November 2011

Glenwood Cemetery
Elkton
Todd County
Kentucky, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2019 01:42:44 466thHistorian Changes to service number
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466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
28 October 2019 17:47:52 rdondes Changes to service number
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Serial Number provided by Richard B. Dondes on 28 October 2019.

Date Contributor Update
02 August 2016 01:13:46 466thHistorian Changes to aircraft associations
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466th BG Archives - 4 March 1945 mission formation plan

Date Contributor Update
10 September 2015 02:45:18 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, nickname and events
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466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
10 September 2015 02:39:19 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, events and place associations
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466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:21 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dondes son / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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