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Charles Campbell Ettlesen

Military

Assigned to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 369FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to HQ Sqn, 359FG, 8AF USAAF.
Failed to Return (FTR) ramrod Mulhouse, Germany hit by flak in coolant system baled out Sarrebourg, France of P-51C 42-103354 Evaded (EVD) 25-May-44 MACR 5114.
Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Lutzendorf last seen going down to strafe a Locomotive north of Gotha crashed Helmsdorf Killed in Action (KIA). 9-Feb-45 MACR 12336.

Awards: DFC (2OLC), AM (4OLC), PH.

Service

Units served with

Aircraft

  • 42-103354

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 369FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) ramrod Mulhouse, Germany hit by flak in coolant system baled out Sarrebourg, France pilot Capt Charles C Ettlesen Evaded (EVD) 25-May-44 MACR 5114.

  • 44-11651

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to HQ Sqn, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Lutzendorf last seen going down to strafe a Locomotive north of Gotha crashed Helmsdorf Capt Charles C Ettlesen Killed in Action (KIA). 9-Feb-45 MACR 12336.

  • 42-75054 'Princess Pat'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 369FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF.

  • 42-106853 'Princess Pat' 'Traveler'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 369FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF.

Associated Place

  • East Wretham

    Military site : airfield
    East Wretham was not improved to Class A standard. It retained its shorter runways, although eventually pierced-steel planking was laid to make take offs and landings easier for the Thunderbolt, and then Mustang, pilots. Steel matting was also laid to...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Montreal, QC, Canada 17 August 1919

Son of Geoffrey C and Muriel [Henderson] Ettlesen.

Lived in Union County, NJ, USA 1941
Miltary Education West Point, NY, USA 1942

United States Military Academy West Point Class of 1942.

Pilot training Visalia Municipal Airport, 9501 W Airport Dr, Visalia, CA 93277, USA 1943

Primary flight training - Visalia, California.

Pilot training 14185 Falcon Street, Luke AFB, AZ 85309, USA 1943

Advanced flight training - Luke Field, Arizona.

Based East Wretham 13 December 1943 – 1944

Assigned to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF.

Based East Wretham 1944 – 1945

Transferred to 369FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF.

Bailed Out EVD 57400 Sarrebourg, France 25 May 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) ramrod Mulhouse, Germany hit by flak in coolant system baled out Sarrebourg, France of P-51C 42-103354 EVD 25-May-44 MACR 5114.

Based East Wretham 1945 – 9 February 1945

Re-assigned to HQ Sqn, 359FG, 8AF USAAF.

Killed in Action (KIA) Helmsdorf, Germany 9 February 1945

Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Lutzendorf last seen going down to strafe a Locomotive north of Gotha crashed Helmsdorf KIA. 9-Feb-45 MACR 12336.

Buried 1946

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