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Charles J Prince

Military

Shot down by fighters and crashed near Nordhorn on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-97447. Prisoner of War (POW).

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People

  • Henry Wilson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Nordhorn on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-97447. Killed in Action (KIA).

Units served with

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 334th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-30120 'Patches'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 14/4/43; Smoky Hill 25/4/43; Tinker 23/5/43; Dow Fd 2/6/43; Assigned 91BG Bassingbourn 15/6/43; transferred 334BS/95BG [BG-D] Horham 16/6/43; 16/7/43 with Louis Reno force landed RAF Chedburgh; slight mid-air collision with 42-30601 ...

  • 42-30342 "T'aint A Bird II"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 19/5/43; Gore 20/5/43; Smoky Hill 30/5/43; Wright 30/6/43; Smoky Hill 20/7/43; Kearney 22/7/43; Dow Fd 25/7/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-B] Horham 28/7/43; 54m, transferred APH with Azon for Aphrodite missions, Knettishall; Aphrodite...

  • 42-31244

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/10/43; Gr Island 25/10/43; Wilmington 1/11/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-O] Horham 15/11/43; 15m, with F.G. Vansant, ? crew; crash landed Alfington, Sussex, UK. (10 Returned to Duty); Salvaged n/battle damaged 9/2/44.

  • 42-97447

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 17/11/43; Kearney 2/12/43; Bangor 9/12/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-E] Horham 15/12/43; 9m Missing in Action Brunswick 10/2/44 with Henry Wilson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Henry Kerestes, Radio Operator: Don Cowdery, Ball...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 151

    11 December 1943
    This mission is a massive raid of 583 heavy bombers on the industrial areas of Emden, Germany. The first element is a combined force of 242 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (24); 92BG (18); 303BG (20); 305BG (21); 306BG (20); 351BG (40)...

  • VIII Bomber Command 154

    13 December 1943
    The port areas at Bremen and Kiel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. This is the first mission where more than 600 aircraft are despatched. This mission is comprised of 8 elements. The first element consists 182 B-17s from: 91BG (31);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 156

    16 December 1943
    This is a massive mission of 631 heavy bombers directed at the port area of Bremen, Germany. The force of 631 included 1 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG dispersed among the attacking formations. The mission is composed of three elements. The first...

  • VIII Bomber Command 161

    22 December 1943
    This mission is composed of two forces directed at two separate targets, the communication centers at Osnabruck and Munster, Germany. The force attacking at Osnabruck is composed of two elements. The first element is composed of 227 B-17s (2 are PFF...

  • 8th Air Force 174

    4 January 1944
    The port area of Kiel, Germany and the railroad marshalling yards at Munster, Germany are the Primary targets of this Mission which is organised as two elements: one going to Kiel and the other to Munster. Roger A. Freeman begins to designate aircraft...

  • 8th Air Force 176

    5 January 1944
    This mission consists of five elements: The first element is a combined force of 131 B-17s are despatched by 1st Bomb Division: 92BG; 303BG; 305BG; 306BG; 379BG; 384BG; and 482BG to bomb the shipyards and industrial areas of Kiel, Germany. 119 are...

  • 8th Air Force 183

    14 January 1944
    This mission is a combined effort of 1st, 2nd and 3rd Bomb Divisions to attack V-Weapon sites near the French coast near Pas-de-Calaise. Some targets of opportunity were also bombed. A total of 20 out of 21 V-Weapon sites are hit with varying results. ...

  • 8th Air Force 187

    21 January 1944
    This mission is directed at 36 V-Weapon sites (34 in the Pas-de-Calaise area and 2 in the Chrebourg area of France) 24 of these are bombed successfully. All three Bomb Divisions participate in the attacks and the bomber gunners claimed 5-1-2 of...

  • 8th Air Force 198

    29 January 1944
    The primary target for this mission was the railroad marshalling yards and industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany. A combined force of 863 heavy bombers were despatched in three elements to make the attack. The combined bomber gunner claims on enemy...

  • 8th Air Force 200

    30 January 1944
    This mission has the aviation industry at Brunswick, Germany as the primary target. The mission is composed of a combined force pf 777 heavy bomber aircraft despatched in three elements: 1st Bomb Division; 2nd Bomb Division and 3rd Bomb Division. The...

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Associated Place

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Lansing, Michigan, USA 22 September 1918
Enlisted Detroit, MI 27 March 1941
95th BG Combat Tour 11 December 1943 – 10 February 1944
Shot Down/Captured Brandlecht, Germany 10 February 1944
POW Barth, Germany 16 February 1944 – May 1945

Stalag Luft I
(dates are approximate)

Died East Lansing, MI 5 September 2006

Charles J. Prince was born in 1918 in Lansing, Mich. He graduated from E. Lansing High in 1936 and enlisted in the Army Air Corps on March 27, 1941.

In 1943, he entered Pilot training School. Class 43-G and won his wings and commission on July 29, 1943 at Ellington Field, and was assigned to a bomber crew and trained at Walla Walla, WA. A few weeks later, he was sitting on the right seat of a B-17 with the 95th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force flying out of England. He was shot down on his 12th mission over Brunswick, Germany on Feb. 10, 1944. He was 25 years old. Lt. Prince spent 15 months as a POW at Stalag Luft 1 in Barth, Germany and was liberated on May 1, 1945 by the Russians. He was awarded the Air Medal, Unit Citation, and POW Medal.

After the war, Charles J. Prince went into the construction business (gravel & ready mix concrete) with a childhood friend. He retired in 1973.

Buried Delta Township, MI 8 September 2006

Deepdale Memorial Park
Delta Township, Eaton County, Michigan, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 August 2020 12:22:43 decwriter Changes to awards
Sources

NARA files verfied AM w/1 oak leaf cluster.

Date Contributor Update
14 August 2020 02:06:48 466thHistorian Changes to service number, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/124188841
https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/person/5398

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:46 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2547 / MACR 2547, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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