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Charles H Shilke


Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. 1st Lt. Shilke few a P-51 Mustang named "Black Lace", and his Crew Chief was S/Sgt John Ganofsky.
Post War: Worked at University Park Airport in State College, PA.



  • John Ganofsky

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Crew Chief
    One time Crew Chief for 1st Lt. Charles H. Shilke of the 336th Fighter Squadron.

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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. ...

  • 336th Fighter Squadron

    336th Fighter Squadron

    The 336th Fighter Squadron was constituted by the War Department on 22 august 1942, and was activated at Bushey Hall, England, on 12 September. It had been designated as No. 133 (Eagle) Squadron, and was made up of American volunteers to the Royal Air...


  • 44-13260

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed near Trier on 12 Sep 44 in P-51 44-13260 pilot Lt James C Lane Prisoner of War (POW).

  • 43-6768 'Black Lace'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred 555FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF. A/C lost 24-Oct-44. Capt Charles F Hess (1st Scouting Force) killed in training accident, bailing out too low due to engine failure.

  • 44-13519

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.


  • 428

    21 June 1944
    Ruhland, Germany - The target, south of Berlin, bombed by 114 fortresses with an escort of 70 Mustangs went off as planned but not before the Germans destroyed 43 B-17's and damaged 26. Landed in Russia.

Associated Place

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...


Event Location Date
Born Pennsylvania, USA 4 October 1921
Lived in Somerset, PA 15501, USA 1940
Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 4 April 1944 – 10 November 1944

Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promoted Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 10 June 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

C Flight Commander Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 8 July 1944

Designated Flight Commander C Flight

Buried Bakersville, Jefferson Township, PA 15501, USA 1988

Bakersville Cemetery
Bakersville, Somerset County
Pennsylvania, USA.

Died Deer Park, MD 21550, USA 22 April 1988


Date Contributor Update
21 March 2016 14:03:33 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, biography, awards, events, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Date Contributor Update
22 March 2015 14:30:35 apollo11 Changes to highest rank, biography, events, person associations and place associations

Personal research & 'The Debden Warbirds' by Frank Speer.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:43 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list /