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Charles Lloyd Whetstone

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Charles L Whetstone was from Arkansas. Following high school he made his way to the big city of Shreveport with 50 cents in his pocket. He met his bride, Rosalie, and were married before he was shipped off to the war. His group flew out of Thurleigh, England. He flew with Donald Tattershall, but was shot down with Richard Wong. He was shot down on his 5th mission. He parachuted into the sea and was captured by local authorities. He spent most of his time at Luft IV. They departed there on 6-Feb-45 on a 550 mile march.
Upon being liberated he returned to the States and reunited with his wife. They settled in Shreveport, LA and had two children.
Charlie got a job with Sunray DX and moved to Texas working in oil refineries. He retired from Sun Oil sometime in the 1980's living in the small town of Ingleside, TX.
Later he moved to Bartlett, TN and passed away there.
He was a great man. He loved his family, his church, music, telling jokes, and giving to others.

Awards: AM, PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Donald Tattershall

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Halberstadt on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17 #42-29993. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Richard Wong

    Military | Major | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Assigned to 369BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Wilhelmshaven mission 3-Feb-44 in B-17 42-31056; crew baled out due to runaway engine. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 2494 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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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. ...

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Group
    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...

  • 369th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31056

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/9/43; Scott 30/9/43; Assigned 369BS/306BG [WW-U] Thurleigh 19/10/43; Missing in Action Wilhelmshafen 3/2/44 with Rich Wong, Co-pilot: Walt McBroom, Navigator: John Rogers, Bombardier: Curtis Dunlap, Radio Operator: George Collins,...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 206

    3 February 1944
    The port area and Naval facilities at Wilhelmshaven, Germany was the primary target for this mission. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Bomb Divisions all participated. ...

Associated Place

  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...

  • Stalag Luft IV

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Eldorado, AR 19 June 1924

Son of Walter Bernard and Dossie [Britt] Whetstone.

Enlisted Shreveport, LA 26 January 1943

Shreveport, Louisiana

Basic training Miami Beach, FL March 1943

Basic training Miami Beach, Florida

Based Thurleigh 1944 – 3 February 1944

Assigned to 369BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF.

Prisoner of War (POW) Tychowo, Poland 3 February 1944 – 2 May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag Luft 4 Gross-Tychow (formerly Heydekrug) Pomerania, Prussia (moved to Wobbelin Bei Ludwigslust) (To Usedom Bei Savenmunde) 54-16.

Baled out POW NW of Wilhelmshaven, Germany 3 February 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Wilhelmshaven mission 3-Feb-44 in B-17 42-31056; crew baled out due to runaway engine. POW MACR 2494

Died Bartlett, TN 13 May 2007
Buried West Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery, Memphis, Shelby County, TN 17 May 2007

West Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery
Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 May 2020 20:28:37 cwhetstone54 Changes to biography
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Chuck L Whetstone
Corrected date of 6-Feb-45 for departure date from Luft IV.

Date Contributor Update
02 May 2020 17:03:22 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
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https://www.fold3.com/record/90482990-charles-l-whetstone
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/19517948/charles-lloyd-whetstone

Date Contributor Update
16 April 2020 18:53:07 cwhetstone54 Changes to awards
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Chuck L Whetstone

Date Contributor Update
16 April 2020 18:49:14 cwhetstone54 Changes to events
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Chuck L Whetstone

Date Contributor Update
14 April 2020 20:43:36 general ira snapsorter Changes to events and media associations
Sources

306th BG Association Directory, 1 September 1999 Edition; MACR 2494, 8th Af Losses, First Over Germany pg. 200, NARA, / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

Date Contributor Update
14 April 2020 18:40:52 cwhetstone54 Changes to biography and events
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Chuck L Whetstone

Date Contributor Update
14 April 2020 18:34:50 cwhetstone54 Changes to service number
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Chuck L Whetstone

Date Contributor Update
14 April 2020 18:01:58 cwhetstone54 Changes to surname, nickname, biography, awards, events and place associations
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From Chuck L Whetstone, Oklahoma City, OK, April 14, 2020.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:50 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 2494 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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