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Charles R Wilson


27 October 1942 in B-17F 41-24508 while flying in a 2 ship low level formation mission, ac hit trees. Lieutenant. Check was able to make a safe landing and all returned to action.

Shot down 9 November 1942 in B-17 41-24509 while serving as Waist Gunner. Aircraft crashed into the sea near the target, St. Nazaire, France. Killed in Action (KIA).

Air Medal & Purple Heart


Units served with

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    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,...

  • 368th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24508

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 423BS/306BG Westover 15/8/42; Thurleigh 5/9/42; force landed RAF Graveley, UK, 27/10/42 on practice flight with Ray Check, Co-pilot: Ralph Jones, Navigator: Milton Blanchett, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Francis Bowes, Radio Operator:...

  • 41-24509 Miss Swoose

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 423BS/306BG Westover 15-August-1942, B-17F 41-24509, 'Miss Swoose' was damaged by AA fire between the Initial Point (IP) and the target which resulted in a fire on #3 engine during mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France on 9...


  • VIII Bomber Command 18

    9 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are the target of this mission conducted by a combined force of 33 B-17s from 91BG and 306BG together with a combined force of 14 B-24s from 44BG and 93BG. The B-24 formation bombs from altitudes between 17,500 ft...

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...


Event Location Date
Born Phio
Killed in Action (KIA) Saint-Nazaire, France 9 November 1942

Killed by AA fire. Aircraft crashed into the sea near St. Nazaire, France. His remains were never recovered.

Commemorated Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, Madingley Road, Coton, Cambridgeshire CB23 7PH, UK 1945

Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing, Cambridge American Cemetery.


Date Contributor Update
26 November 2014 21:10:06 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and aircraft associations

Lee Cunningham 25-Nov-2014. Made aircraft connection per description data.

Date Contributor Update
26 November 2014 21:03:23 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and events

Lee Cunningham 26-Nov-2014. KIA event added per MACR 16010; Decorations and Commemoration event per: American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) record.

Date Contributor Update
31 October 2014 21:54:38 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, awards, events, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 31-Oct-2014. Missing AIr Crew Report (MACR) 16010; AMerican Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC).

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:57 AAM AAM ingest

Combat Chronology Supplement p. 206, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs by Bishop and Hey, Vol. 1 p. 40, 45 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia