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Charles R Moritz

Military

Lt. Moritz graduated from Effingham High School. He attended New Mexico military academy for one year, then attended the University of Illinois where he was a member of the polo team.
He enlisted in the AAF in August 1942, and received his commission at Foster Field, Victoria, TX. He left the United States on April 29, 1944. Assigned to 555FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF. On instrument training flight in P-51C 42- 103007 suffered mid air collision with P-51C 42-103036 7-Jun-44. Unable to get clear of A/C, died in the resulting crash. It had been his first flight in a Mustang. Killed in Flying Accident (KIFA).

Service

Units served with

Aircraft

  • 42-103036

    P-51 Mustang
    This was one of the first Mustangs assigned to the 335th Fighter Squadron. ...

  • 42-103007 'Joan' 'Swoose'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 362FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 555FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF. Destroyed in mid air collision 7-Jun-44. Pilot Lt Charles R Moritz KIFA.

Associated Place

  • Goxhill

    Military site : airfield
    Goxhill opened in June 1941 as an RAF Bomber Command airfield, before being handed over to RAF Fighter Command in December. The Eighth Air Force took ownership in August 1942, and used the airfield, which they quickly dubbed 'Goat Hill' for operational...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Effingham, IL 62401, USA 16 July 1922

Son of Charles James and Ada (MacAdam) Moritz.

Lived in Illinois, USA 1940
Enlisted Illinois, USA August 1942
Shipped overseas 29 April 1944

Departed US for UK and ETO.

Died Bonby, Brigg, North Lincolnshire DN20, UK 7 June 1944

On instrument training flight in P-51C 42-103007 suffered mid air collision with P-51C 42-103036 7-Jun-44. Unable to get clear of A/C, died in the resulting crash. It had been his first flight in a Mustang. Killed in Flying Accident (KIFA).

Buried 1945

Memorialised at
Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial,
Coton,
South Cambridgeshire District,
Cambridgeshire, England.

Buried Effingham, IL 62401, USA 5 May 2012

5-May-12 given a full military funeral in Oakridge Cemetery at his home town of Effingham Illinois.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 May 2016 11:48:20 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, biography and events
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=42-103007
http://www.cebudanderson.com/taleoftwojoans.htm
http://silksheenphotography.co.uk/resident-aircraft/mustang-42-103007-ga...
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Moritz&GSfn=Charle...
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Moritz&GSfn=Charle...

Date Contributor Update
02 May 2016 10:09:06 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=42-103007
http://www.cebudanderson.com/taleoftwojoans.htm

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