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Charles Nelson Ballou Jr


Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD

Awards: DFC, AM(OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.



  • Arvid Dahl

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 2 tours (47 missions) Schweinfurt August 1943 and 14 October 1943; acting C. O. 524th Sq August - November 1944; Pilot B-17 first (and only) glide bomb mission on Cologne 1943; flew only squadron Group Wing leads...

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. ...

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 524th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-31040 Duffy's Tavern

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 13/9/43; Scott 21/9/43; Assigned 527BS/379BG [FO-A] Kimbolton 27/9/43. [The crewmen shown in FRE 1236 would have been Captain Arvid Dahl's crew: ...

Associated Place

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....


Event Location Date
Born Reece, KS 5 July 1921

Son of Charles Nelson Sr and Josie May Ballou.

Enlisted Camp Crowder, Neosho, MO 21 March 1942

Camp Crowder, Neosho, Missouri

Based Kimbolton 1943 – 1944

Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Chanute, KS 5 July 1998
Buried Neosho County Memorial Park, Chanute, Neosho County, KS 8 July 1998

Neosho County Memorial Park
Neosho County, Kansas


Date Contributor Update
28 June 2020 12:14:09 Al_Skiff Changes to events

Date Contributor Update
28 June 2020 12:12:27 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:51 AAM AAM ingest

379th Bombardment Group (H) Anthology, 1942-45; p. 156 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia