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Charles S Evans


The 50-page description of CPT Evans' military service is found at (as listed in



  • Leon Huggard

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator/Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Leon was working for the Illinois Central Railroad prior to enlisting in January 1943. After training he was crewed up and they flew a B-24 over via South America and North Africa before joining the group at Horsham-St-Faith. He flew on 30 missions ...

  • Frederick Johnson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 458th Bomb Group

  • Darrell Latch

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Top Turret Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Born 13 Nov 1924 in Decatur, Macon County, Illinois; sent by draft board in March 1943 to army induction center for possible induction; entered service the same month; trained at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri; Franklin Technical Institue in Boston,...

  • Lawrence Matson

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Gunner | 458th Bomb Group

  • Max Van Buren

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 458th Bomb Group

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Units served with

  • 458th Bomb Group

    458th Bomb Group

    The 458th Bomb Group (H) entered combat with the 8th Air Force in February 1944. Based at Horsham St. Faith in England, the combat crews participated in the decisive Campaigns 'Big Week', 'Big B', D-Day and the assault on Germany's oil industry waged...

  • 753rd Bomb Squadron
  • 755th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-51110 Top O' The Mark

    B-24 Liberator
    Crash-landed 29 June 1944 at Horsham St Faith on return from Aschersleben mission after being hit by Anti-aircraft fire and set ablaze. The order to bail out was given, but before the fire was extinguished, two airmen bailed out due to failure of...

  • 44-40281 A Dog's Life

    B-24 Liberator
    A Dog's Life crashed on 13th February 1945 during a training mission, with the loss of all onboard crew. The crash is one of two recorded on the memorial plaque in Church Street, Old Catton, Norwich.

  • 42-110141 Breezy Lady/Superman/Marie

    B-24 Liberator
    It retained the name BREEZY LADY as painted on the pilot's side when transferred to the 458th BG. SUPERMAN was added onto the co-pilot's side. Later the BREEZY LADY side was renamed MARIE.

  • 41-28735

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 755BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 753BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF.


  • 400

    8 June 1944
    Mission #7 - Bombed the railway yards in Tours, France. Long ride (7 hours).

  • 432

    22 June 1944

  • 445

    28 June 1944

  • 447

    29 June 1944

  • 458

    7 July 1944

  • 460

    8 July 1944

  • 469

    12 July 1944
    Picked up a few flak holes. Overcast weather all the way. Another long ride. This makes 17 completed Missions.

  • 476

    16 July 1944

  • 478

    17 July 1944
    Took off at suppertime and missed the target by at least 40 miles. Flak was extremely close. Minor damage.

  • Tactical bombing mission, 458th BG

    20 July 1944
    42 A/C of the 458th BG were assigned a primary target at Eisenach (armament factories). Cloud cover resulted in the formation attacking targets of opportunity with fair to good results.

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Associated Place

  • Horsham St Faith

    Military site : airfield
    Horsham St Faith was an RAF Bomber Command Station opened in June 1940. It was home to Bristol Blenheim medium-bombers, and was for a time occupied by fighters, including those of No. 19 Squadron and No. 264 Squadron. From September 1942 the airfield...


Event Location Date
Born 1922


Date Contributor Update
23 August 2016 05:22:55 leoneranger Changes to awards

Information and copy of official orders provided by Darin Scorza, historian of the 458th BG:

Captain Charles S. Evans, 0-664988, Captain, Army Air Forces, United States Army.

For extraordinary achievement, while serving as Pilot of a B-24 aircraft on a bombing mission over enemy occupied territory, 18 August 1944. Captain Evans’ aircraft collided with another B-24 at the I.P. causing ten feet of the right wing to hang vertically. After losing 5,000 feet of altitude, Captain Evans successfully bombed a target of opportunity and returned to his home base where he landed the aircraft without further damage or injury to crew. The remarkable flying skill, sound judgment and tenacity of purpose displayed by Captain Evans on this occasion reflect the highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of United States. Entered military service from Texas.

Date Contributor Update
23 August 2016 05:15:29 leoneranger Changes to biography

Interview of Charles S. "Sam" Evans by C. Clark Leone, copyright 2016.

Date Contributor Update
23 August 2016 05:14:04 leoneranger Changes to biography

The 50-page description of CPT Evans military service is found at (as lsited in

Date Contributor Update
23 August 2016 05:12:45 leoneranger Changes to biography and events

Interviews with Charles S. "Sam" Evans by C. Clark Leone, copyright 2016.

Date Contributor Update
02 June 2016 00:10:49 466thHistorian Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nickname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations, mission associations and media associations