Charles Poage arrived the the 4th Fighter Group on 13 July 1944. He was assigned to the 335th Squadron. During September, he accounted for four enemy aircraft destroyed.
On 24 December the group, returning from a mission was prevented from landing at Debden due to poor weather. They ended up at Raydon, where they spent the night.
On Christmas Day, still unable to return to Debden, the group flew a mission from Raydon to support bombers in the Bonn/Trier area. Thirty-plus Luftwaffe fighters were encountered and the 4th Fighter Group shot down twelve of them. Unfortunately, two of groups aircraft were shot down; Charles Poage had to bale out of his P-51 Mustang 'Ascend Charlie' and became a POW. Donald Emerson, who had shot down two of the enemy aircraft, was shot down and killed by anti-aircraft fire.
Charles Poage had six victories to his credit.
Awards: AM (4 OLC), POW, WWII Victory, EAME.
Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot
Born 17 May 1923, Donald was raised on a farm in Minnesota during the Great Depression. He graduated from high school in 1941, not having excelled to any degree academically. He did not feel destined to be a farmer, so he soon moved to Chicago to find...
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Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945.
The 335th Fighter Squadron was the offspring of No. 121 (Eagle) Squadron RAF. Formed on 21 May 1941, No. 121 was the second of the three Eagle Squadrons composed of American volunteers flying out of England. They were known as the "Chiefs" and were...
Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Ramrod to Coblenz, Failed to Return (FTR), section bounced by six Fw190’s while pursuing Fw190 25-Dec-44. Pilot Lt Charles Poage last seen attempting to bail out of his burning aircraft near Zissen, Germany. POW. MACR...
Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF. Transferred to 334FS, 4FG 8AF USAAF. Returning from a strafing mission 11-Feb-45 forced to land at Wattisham due to poor weather. After 3.5 hours headed to Debden, but was unable to land due to ground haze. Overshooting...
Military site : airfield
RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...
Military site : airfield
Although never used as such, Raydon was built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, with three concrete runways, 50 loop and one pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Initially on loan to the Ninth Air Force, it was first...
||Fresno, CA, USA
||12 June 1923
Son of Charles E and Emma D Poage.
||Santa Clara County, CA, USA
||San Francisco, CA, USA
||20 November 1942
||Newport, GA 30522, USA
||14 March 1944
Crashed Belly Landing due to Engine Failure 10 Miles Sth Harris Neck AAF, Newport, GA Cat 4 damage 2Lt Charles E Poage, 14-Mar-44.
P-40N 43-24101 - 500FBS 85FG 3AF.
||Debden, Saffron Walden CB11, UK
||13 July 1944 – 25 December 1944
Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.
||Zissenweg, 41379 Brüggen, Germany
||25 December 1944
|Prisoner of War (POW)
||25 December 1944 – May 1945
Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft I.
||Los Angeles, CA, USA
||23 October 1965
||Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, USA
Green Hills Memorial Park
Rancho Palos Verdes
Los Angeles County