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Charles W Lichtenberger


Collided with E/A 14 July 1943 in B-17 42-3331 'Salty's Naturals. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

May be listed in Losses for 24 June 1943, B17 41-9174 was on a navigational test flight when problems developed on takeoff.



  • Francis Santangelo

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Killed in action when his B-17 (Serial Number 42-3331) "Salty's Naturals" crashed near Evreux after colliding with an enemy FW 190 on a mission to Le Bourget on 14 July 1943. ...

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Units served with

  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Activated 15 June 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organization and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29 June 1942. Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28 Aug. 42 to 31 Oct. 42; then at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas...

  • 331st Bomb Squadron

    331st Bomb Squadron

    Part of 94th Bomb Group.


  • 41-9174

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered 29BG MacDill 7/5/42; Assigned 340BS/97BG Polebrook 6/42; transferred 326BS/92BG Bovingdon 9/42; transferred 326BS/11CCRC 1/43; crashed on take off from Bovingdon on navigation exercise 24/6/43; with Jim Buford, Co-pilot: Jack Berry, Navigator...

  • 42-3331 Naturals, Salty's Naturals

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 11/5/43; Dow Fd 2/6/43; Assigned 331BS/94BG [QE-Z] Earls Colne 5/6/43; Rougham 13/6/43 as "NATURALS"; Missing on mission to Le Bourget, France 14/7/43 with Ed Purdy, Carroll Harris, Navigator: Chas Lichtenberger, Bombardier: Ed Jones,...


Event Location Date
Born Ohio, USA
Killed in Action (KIA) France 14 July 1943


Date Contributor Update
10 March 2017 18:31:25 Al_Skiff Changes to aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:04 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 116 / MACR 116, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop and Hey pp. 161, 182 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database