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Charles Kalil


Charles Kalil served as a waist gunner with the 95th Bomb Group.
On 21 July 1944, he was flying in B-17 42-97120 when it suffered mechanical failures and crashed near Trier, Germany. He was taken as a Prisoner of War and was imprisoned in Stalag Luft III.

'From meager beginnings, Charles built one of Texas largest Wholesale Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Companies his life's work and love. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in England, as a Gunner Engineer on a B17. He flew twenty one missions over Germany before his plane was shot down, where he spent thirteen months as a prisoner of war at Stalag Luft 3. His camp was liberated by General George Patton's Army in 1945.
Upon returning to the U.S., he flew directly to Florida and married the love of his life, Vivilyn Tucker. They were married for 65 years and became parents to four wonderful children.'
Excerpt from his Findagrave record


Units served with

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 336th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-97120

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/1/44; Gr Island 15/2/44; Kearney 29/2/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-E] Horham 3/3/44; {47m}, Missing in Action Regensburg 21/7/44 with Henry Laird, Co-pilot: Fred Clark, Navigator: Bill Gifford, Bombardier: Ordway Gates, Radio...

Associated Place


Event Location Date
Born Texas, USA 8 April 1924

His parents were Naum and Martha Kalil, who had moved to the USA from Lebanon.

Lived in Bexar County, TX, USA 1940

At the time of the 1940 census, Charles, aged 16, was one of ten siblings living with their parents.

Enlisted San Antonio, TX, USA 14 September 1942
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 21 July 1944 – 1945
Crash-landed Trier, Germany 21 July 1944
Died 7 October 2010
Buried Memorial Oaks Cemetery, 13001 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77079, USA


Date Contributor Update
07 October 2016 12:35:32 Lucy May Changes to service number, biography, events and place associations

1940 Census

NARA enlistment record:

MACR 7410

ww2pow info:

Findagrave record:

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

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 7410 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database