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Charles H. Stirneman


Lt. Stirneman appears to have shared a Nissan hut with Lts. Leo Dale Rush, Walter E. Foster, John Guldemond, Lemmon, and Pfc. "Burma" in Quarters Area 13 at Earls Colne Airfield, England. Lt. Stirneman was born on 15 May 1921 and was killed in action at the age of 22 years on 18 April 1944 as a result of a mid-air collision on a mission to Dunkirk, which has been described as the worst mission ever dreamed up by the 9th Air Force. According to one account, he died in the North Sea when his aircraft, WT-C, exploded on impact with it. MACR-4003. He was a bombardier - navigator. His hometown is listed as San Bernardino, California.



  • Walter Foster

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Bombardier | 323rd Bomb Group
    Lt. Walt Foster was a navigator and bombardier from Upstate New York who served with the 456th BS during the Second World War. His first combat mission was flown from Earls Colne Airfield on February 3, 1944 to the Ruisseville "No Balls” secret weapon...

  • John Guldemond

    Military | Pilot | 323rd Bomb Group

  • Thomas Lemmon

    Military | First Lieutenant | 323rd Bomb Group

  • Leo Rush

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier, B-26 Marauder | 323rd Bomb Group
    Dale Rush served with the 456th BS as a bombardier. He was killed on May 20, 1944 on a mission to Dieppe when "Ole 33 Gal" WT-A Serial No. 41-35033, flying in the Box II, Flight 3 lead position, took a direct hit of heavy flak that shattered the...

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Units served with

  • 323rd Bomb Group

    323rd Bomb Group

    The 323rd Bombardment Group operated with B-26 Marauders, American medium bombers. They were the first Eighth Air Force Group to fly a medium level bombing mission with this aircraft on 16 July 1943. After flying a total of 33 missions with the Eighth,...

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    456th Bomb Squadron

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Associated Place

  • Earls Colne

    Military site : airfield
    Earls Colne was built in 1941 as an airfield for No.3 Group, RAF Bomber Command, although never used as such. Assigned to the US Eighth Air Force (as Station 358) in 1942, its 36 hardstands were increased to 50, bringing the airfield up to Air Ministry...


Event Location Date
Born 18 May 1921
Enlisted California, USA 1940
Killed in Action 18 April 1944

KIA on a mission to Dunkirk as a result of a mid-air collision. WT-C exploded on impact with the North Sea.


Date Contributor Update
08 October 2018 10:21:56 general ira snapsorter Changes to events, unit associations and place associations

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- 9th Air Force Roll of Honor (IWM in liaison with Ninth Air Force veterans and group associations, American Battle Monuments Commission, and Buddies of the Ninth Association) ;
- B-26 memorials guide;

Date Contributor Update
12 July 2017 21:21:04 JMF Changes to service number, role, biography and awards

JMF - Fields of Honor

Date Contributor Update
12 July 2017 00:57:08 JMF Changes to middlename and biography

JMF - Field of Honor website. Moench, Marauder Men. National Archives, 323rd Mission List. Although the Air Force Museum did not have records for the Group for that month, NA does. I believe another entry showing his date of death as 20 May 1944 is incorrect based on the data on the Fields of Honor site, which is corroborated to an extent, but not completely by the 323rd Mission list.

Date Contributor Update
12 July 2017 00:26:33 JMF Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, person associations, unit associations, place associations and media associations

JMF. See Marauder Men, Moench.