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Charles L Petersen

Military

Assigned to 349BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return Abbeville mission in B-17 43-37591; collided with another aircraft 5-Jun-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 538.

Awards: PH.

Service

People

  • Andrew Addison

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 349BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Chas Peterson crew. Failed to Return Abbeville mission in B-17 43-37591; collided with another aircraft 5-Jun-44. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5383. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Corwin Alspach

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 349BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Chas Petersen crew. Failed to Return Abbeville mission in B-17 43-37591; collided with another aircraft 5-Jun-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 538. Awards: PH.

  • James Heller

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 349BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return Abbeville mission in B-17 43-37591; collided with another aircraft 5-Jun-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 538. Awards: PH.

  • James Jones

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 349BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Chas Peterson crew. Failed to Return Abbeville mission in B-17 43-37591; collided with another aircraft 5-Jun-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5383. Awards: PH.

  • James Keefe

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 349BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Chas Peterson crew. Failed to Return Abbeville mission in B-17 43-37591; collided with another aircraft 5-Jun-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5383. Awards: PH.

  • Carl Phillips

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 349BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Chas Petersen crew. Failed to Return Abbeville mission in B-17 43-37591; collided with another aircraft 5-Jun-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 538. Awards: PH.

  • Richard Sawaya

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 349BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Chas Peterson crew. Failed to Return Abbeville mission in B-17 43-37591; collided with another aircraft 5-Jun-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5383. Awards: PH.

  • Elmer Vishion

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 349BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Chas Peterson crew. Failed to Return Abbeville mission in B-17 43-37591; collided with another aircraft 5-Jun-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5383. Awards: PH.

  • Paul Zima

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 349BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Chas Peterson crew. Failed to Return Abbeville mission in B-17 #43-37591; collided with another aircraft 5-Jun-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5383. Awards: AM, PH

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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. ...

  • 100th Bomb Group

    100th Bomb Group

    Group
    "The Bloody Hundredth", so-called because of a reputation for losing a high number aircraft and crews, flew B-17s from Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk. Their losses were not the highest of any Eighth Air Force Group but on several occasions the Group lost many...

  • 349th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 43-37591

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 2/5/44; Hunter 2/5/44; Dow Fd 24/5/44; Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR- ] Thorpe Abbotts 27/5/44; Missing in Action Abbeville 5/6/44 with Chas Peterson, Co-pilot: Jim Keefe, Navigator: Elmer Vishion, Bombardier: Jim Jones, Flight engineer...

Missions

  • 392

    5 June 1944

Associated Place

  • Thorpe Abbotts

    Military site : airfield
    Home of the 'Bloody Hundredth’, a Bomb Group with a reputation for high casualty rates, Thorpe Abbotts was under USAAF control from June 1943 to the end of the war. Some of the airfield survives today, and the control tower houses the 100th Bomb Group...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Jacksonville, Florida, USA
Based Thorpe Abbotts 1944 – 5 June 1944

Assigned to 349BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died East of Hardelot, France 5 June 1944

Failed to Return Abbeville mission in B-17 43-37591; collided with another aircraft 5-Jun-44. KIA MACR 538

Buried Zachary Taylor National Cemetery Louisville, Jefferson County, KY 1948

Re-Interred
Zachary Taylor National Cemetery
Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 April 2021 15:38:09 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
Sources

Removed # from A/C serial No. to aid clarity and consistency.
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/3304530/charles-l-petersen

Date Contributor Update
18 April 2021 17:57:13 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added punctuation to the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
05 June 2020 19:49:57 Al_Skiff Changes to surname, service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28650458
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https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/3304530/charles-l-petersen

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:49 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 5383 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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