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Charles E Ackerman


KIS 23 April 1945 on excursion flight to Ireland. 31 men were picked to go on one-week vacation to Belfast, Ireland. Crashed into 2,000- foot peak on Isle of Man.


Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 534th Bomb Squadron


  • 43-38856

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 30/9/44; Dow Fd 15/10/44; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-M] Ridgewell 19/10/44; 7m crashed Isle of Man, UK with Charles Ackerman, Edwin Hutcheson, plus passengers Lts Alfred Mata, Jim Hinkle, John Fedak, Martin Matyas and Larry McGhehey;...

Associated Place

  • Ridgewell

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1941-42 as an RAF bomber station, Ridgewell operated as a satellite to RAF Stradishall until May 1943. It had three concrete runways, initially 36 pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Taken over by the Eighth Air Force in June...


Event Location Date
Born San Bernadino, California 31 July 1922
Enlisted Stanford University, California 20 August 1942
Died Isle of Man 23 April 1945

Plot D, Row 5, Grave 56.


Date Contributor Update
16 June 2020 15:15:46 Andycole0 Changes to service number, awards, events and unit associations

American Battle Monument's Commission
The National Archives and Records Administration.

Date Contributor Update
28 June 2018 11:14:34 Lucy May Changes to biography, place associations and aircraft associations

Removed following info from record:
KIS On 14 Sept 43 plane took off on training mission. Pilot was Squadron. Commander. It somehow flew off course by some 50 miles and crashed into Skiddaw Mountain in Cumbria. All aboard were killed. . Rumor said plane really going to Scotland for special meeting. Was listed as passenger on this plane.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:33 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / The Mighty Men of the 381st: Heroes All; 381st Bomb Group Memorial Association, March 1999; Roll of Honor