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Charles E Griffin Jr

Military

Captain Charles E Griffin Jr, Portland ME, 384th Bomb Group, 546th Squadron, Bombardier;
Assigned to the 384th BG BS on AAF Station106, Special Orders #157 dated 5 August, 1944, J Mohler Crew;
Last Duty Date: 18 January, 1945; Completed Tour after 29 combat missions; returned to US to join war bond tour

Nicknamed “Spider”. Pilot/crew would say “Bite’m Spider!”, when they were over target.

Married Ann Cassidy, Duncansville, PA, 1945; moved to Duncansville, PA, where he lived until passing away 2/4/2000. Survived by Ann (98), who now lives with her daughter, Diane Gennari, in Westerville, OH, Charles Griffin III, York, PA, and Susan Boswell, Gilbert, SC.

Service

Units served with

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 546th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-102500

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 9/3/44; Hunter 7/4/44; Grenier 20/4/44; Assigned 546BS/384BG [BK-L] Grafton Underwood 3/5/44; battle damaged Gerolstein, Ger; 2/1/45 with ?; AFSC, Salvaged 18/1/45.

  • 42-102601 Bolo Babe

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/3/44; Hunter 18/4/44; Grenier 5/5/44; Assigned 546BS/384BG [BK-K] Grafton Underwood 24/5/44; sustained battle damaged Mannheim 9/9/44 with Joseph G. Hartness, Co-pilot: Herbert H. Schaaf, Navigator: Clarence C. Hightshoe,...

  • 42-102620 DE RUMBLE IZER

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/3/44; Kearney 5/4/44; Grenier 14/4/44; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD-P] Grafton Underwood 7/5/44; 546BS [BK-P], 544BS [SU-F]; damaged in taxi accident with 43-38721 with George Milligan 22/1/45; taxi accident 14/5/45 and nosed over...

  • 42-102933 QUEENIE

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 19/4/44; Kearney 22/5/44; Grenier 27/5/44; Assigned 546BS/384BG [BK-Q] Grafton Underwood 8/6/44; battle damaged Merseburg 12/12/44 with ?; crash landed continent; Sal; Missing Air Crew Report 11340. GREMLINS HOTEL aka QUEENIE.

  • 42-107083

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 15/2/44; Grenier 11/3/44; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-B] Grafton Underwood 6/4/44; 546BS [BK-B]; Missing in Action Koblenz 27/12/44 with Elmer Nelson, Bill Horan, Marton Dobrow, Derald Melton, Edmund Zaleski, Tom Raught, Ken Rohr (7 Killed...

  • 42-107121 Kentucky Colonel / Helena II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 1//3/44; Gr Island 21/3/44; Dow Fd 14/4/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 24/4/44; no ops, transferred 546BS/384BG [BK-J] Grafton Underwood 5/5/44; ground loop accident with Tom Daniel 7/12/44, Salvaged AFSC. KENTUCKY COLONEL.

  • 42-31222 Lazy Daisy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 4/10/43; Gr Island 17/10/43; Memphis 24/10/43; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD-D] Grafton Underwood 546 [BK-D] 23/11/43; Missing in Action Magdeburg (Berlin) 28/9/44 with Jim Brodie, Co-pilot: Lloyd Vevle, ng-Byron Atkins, Flight engineer/top...

  • 42-31484 'Mairsy Doats'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/11/43; Kearney 10/12/43; Presque Is 14/12/43; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD-F] Grafton Underwood 20/1/44; 546BS [BK-F]; battle damaged Gerolstein 27/12/44, crash landed Manston; 9KIA; Salvaged 28/12/44. MAIRSY DOATS.

  • 42-38014 LITTLE AMERICA II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered to Cheyenne 14/11/43; Kearney 3/12/43; Presque Isle, Maine 9/12/43; Assigned to the 546th BS/384th BG [BK-G] at Station 106, Grafton Underwood on 6/1/44; (19/9/44 - struck by flak just before the IP; after dropping bombs on target left...

  • 42-97521 THE SAINT

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered to Cheyenne 9 December 1943; Kearney, Nebraska 31 December 1943; Presque Isle 27 January 1944; Assigned to the 545th Bomb Squadron/384th Bomb Group [JD-H] as a PFF aircraft, station 106, Grafton Underwood on 10 February 1944; 1m with ? ,...

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 556

    16 August 1944
    Aircraft factories and oil refineries are the primary targets for this mission. A total of 1090 heavy bombers are despatched. See Mission Details for particulars. ...

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 January 2021 16:08:27 Spider20 Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

Diane Gennari (daughter)

Date Contributor Update
30 January 2021 16:01:07 Spider20 Changes to aircraft associations
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Diane Gennari

Date Contributor Update
30 January 2021 15:57:37 Spider20 Changes to mission associations
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Diane Gennari

Date Contributor Update
30 January 2021 15:40:54 Spider20 Changes to media associations
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Diane Gennari (daughter)

Date Contributor Update
30 January 2021 15:27:54 Spider20 Changes to biography
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Diane Gennari (daughter)

Date Contributor Update
30 January 2021 14:51:39 Spider20 Changes to nickname, service number, highest rank and role
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Diane L Gennari (daughter)

Date Contributor Update
31 May 2015 03:30:02 bombercommand Changes to suffix, unit associations and place associations
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http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/person.php?PersonKey=5674

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:34 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/PersonnelSearch.php?LastName=g...

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