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Charles Stephen Hudson


Completed 2 tours, became Group Bombardier He was one of the first to get to England and the last one to leave in Nov. 1945. After his 2 tours he was assigned to 8th AAF Hdq.

Awards: DSC, DFC w/3Oak Leaf Clusters; Air Medal w 5/Oak Leaf Clusters., Purple Heart (2OLC), French Coris De guerre, EAME (6 Battle stars).

DSC Citation: -
"The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Second Lieutenant (Air Corps) Charles S. Hudson, United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Bombardier of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 322d Bombardment Squadron, 91st Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 9 October 1943, against enemy ground targets in Germany. During the course of a vicious attack by enemy fighter airplanes, Lieutenant Hudson was wounded in his right shoulder and his left wrist broken by flak fragment. He refused to accept first aid treatment but remained at his post. He continued to fire his machine gun at the attacking fighter airplanes in spite of the excruciating pain and the handicap of his injured arm until further danger from fighter attacks had ceased. After his wounds had been treated, he returned to his post and assisted the navigator and pilot on the return journey. The devotion to duty and heroism displayed by Lieutenant Hudson were an inspiration to his comrades, and his action in remaining at his post in spite of his injuries was largely responsible for the safe return of the aircraft. The personal courage and zealous devotion to duty displayed by Second Lieutenant Hudson on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Force."


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. ...

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 322nd Bomb Squadron

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents ( , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...


Event Location Date
Born Taft, CA 4 September 1915

Son of Stephen Carey and Margaret [Cogan] Hudson.

Based Bassingbourn 1943 – November 1945

Assigned to 322BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Niles, Michigan 20 August 2011
Buried West Side District Cemetery Taft, Kern County, CA 25 August 2011

West Side District Cemetery
Kern County, California
Grave: C Lot: 63 Block: 26


Date Contributor Update
14 July 2021 14:21:26 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards and events

Date Contributor Update
14 January 2019 11:52:54 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, highest rank, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and media associations

Key Image ID.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:58 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Newsletter, the Ragged Irregular