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Charles R Lahey


Charles Lahey (1923–1944) was a Medical Corpsman.

The 1930 Census shows that Lahey’s father was a salesman and his mother was of German descent; Charles – father; Emily – mother; Vincent – brother. He was living in Orland Park, Cook County, Chicago. By the 1940 Census, his father was still listed as a salesman but his mother appears to have died.

Lahey died on Christmas day in 1944. His body was recovered after a severe snowstorm at Molesworth. He is one of many men and women who died whilst serving in the armed forces from a cause that was not directly related to combat action. Many of the graves in the Cambridge American Cemetery have similar stories behind them, although Lahey’s body was repatriated to the USA after the war.


Units served with

Associated Place

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...


Event Location Date
Born 5 January 1923
Lived in Orland Park, IL, USA 1940
Based Molesworth 1942 – 25 December 1944
Died 25 December 1944
Buried Rock Island National Cemetery, Moline, IL 61265, USA

Grave says: AAF STA COM SQ


Date Contributor Update
12 April 2015 14:29:05 Jenny Changes to highest rank, events and unit associations

Added burial location and date of birth - photo of grave can be found on -

Units attached:
358th BS -
427th BS -
Station Complement Squadron - from his grave

Date Contributor Update
09 April 2015 18:13:56 Jenny Changes to middlename, biography, events, place associations and media associations

Census records and information on the back of the photograph from the Freeman Collection which shows Lahey, recorded at the time.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:35 AAM AAM ingest

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