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Charles O Ohl

Military

Capt. Ohl was Pilot of one of the original 381st Bomb Group Crews. Often flying the B-17 they named 'Romance', He flew March - November 1943 and on his 27th mission, to Glelsenkrchen, Ger., their A/C was hit and Capt. Ohl and his Co-Pilot were wounded. The Bombardier flew them home, but not before having to drop out of formation. Violating protocols, his squadron dropped down, escorting & protecting them. Capt. Ohl was hospitalized and recovered, as did other wounded Crewmen. In 1945, his harrowing experience was honored in a Ted Malone radio program broadcast over the Westinghouse Network.

Pilot, Ohl crew. 381st BG, 534th BS.

DFC/ Purple Heart/Air Medal w/3 Oak Leaf Clusters

Service

People

  • Daniel Hagarty

    Military | Flying Officer | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Dan Hagarty from Los Angeles CA served his initial combat assignment as F/O and Co-Pilot in the original 381st Bomb Group's Capt. Ohl Crew and later got his own crew. Subsequently as a pilot with the 78th Fighter Group, he was shot down on 12 May 1944...

  • George Heinz

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Member of the Ohl, C. Crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. On the 11/5/43 Gelsenkirken, Ger. mission, he flew the damaged B-17 home as both Pilot & Co-Pilot were wounded. Credited with one German fighter damaged on the 29 July 1943 mission.

  • Donald Schneider

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Ohl, C. Crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. Credited with one German fighter destroyed on the 30 July 1943 mission.

  • Thomas Scott

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail gunner, Ohl, C. Crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. Credited with one German fighter damaged on the 29 July 1943 mission.

  • Mike Sikorski

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio operator, Ohl, C. B-17 Crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, Elyra OH

  • Harold Stralser

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Ohl, C. Crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, Detroit MI. Credited with one German fighter destroyed on the 4 October 1943 mission.

  • Dean Sword

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Waist gunner, Ohl, C. Crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. Credited with one German fighter destroyed on the 14 October 1943 mission.

  • Joseph Tanney

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Ohl crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. Credited with one probable German fighter on the 29 July 1943 mission.

  • Gilbert Whitford

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    WG, Ohl, C. Crew. 381st BG, 534th BS.

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Units served with

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 534th Bomb Squadron

Events

Event Location Date
Born Summit Hill, Pennsylvania 15 July 1918
Died 17 August 1993

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 April 2018 11:47:21 Win Bryson Changes to biography
Sources

Ohl Family Collection

Date Contributor Update
13 April 2018 11:13:26 Win Bryson Changes to media associations
Sources

Ohl Family Collection

Date Contributor Update
31 December 2017 03:04:42 ARowe95 Changes to biography, awards, person associations and place associations
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ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:52 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

381st Bomb Group Memorial Association, March 1999/self, www.381st.org/UnitHistory/Data/Roster.aspx / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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