was a World
War II pilot in the 78th Fighter Group, 84th
Fighter Squadron, 8th Air Force, from June 26, 1944,
until he was killed that fall. His P-47, "The
Merry Chase," serial number N-43-25593, crashed
at Rambrouch, Redange, Luxembourg, on Sept. 10, 1944.
Note the swastikas on the side of his plane: He was
credited with three air victories and two ground wins
for a total of five. Charles was awarded the
Distinguished Flying Cross and an Air Medal with
seven crosses. At right is a photo of him, giving the
thumbs up, with his crew.