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Charles Elliot Poage Jr


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.



  • Donald Emerson

    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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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 335th Fighter Squadron

    335th Fighter Squadron

    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...


  • 44-14540 'Ascend Charlie'

    P-51 Mustang
    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...

  • 44-13982

    P-51 Mustang
    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...

Associated Place

  • Debden

    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...

  • Raydon

    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...


Event Location Date
Born Fresno, CA, USA 12 June 1923

Son of Charles E and Emma D Poage.

Lived in Santa Clara County, CA, USA 1940
Enlisted San Francisco, CA, USA 20 November 1942
Crashed 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.

Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden CB11, UK 13 July 1944 – 25 December 1944

Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

Shot down Zissenweg, 41379 Brüggen, Germany 25 December 1944
Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany 25 December 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft I.

Died Los Angeles, CA, USA 23 October 1965
Buried Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, USA November 1965

Green Hills Memorial Park
Rancho Palos Verdes
Los Angeles County


Date Contributor Update
06 October 2016 19:00:44 Al_Skiff Changes to events

Date Contributor Update
06 October 2016 18:53:50 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename and events

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06 October 2016 18:51:48 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, role, biography, awards, events and place associations

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06 October 2016 12:18:30 Lucy May Changes to biography and events

Removed verbatim details from 4th FG Association profile page for Poage:

Date Contributor Update
27 July 2016 16:00:41 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and person associations

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia ;
- / MACR 11166 /;
- Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list;
- Personal research & 'Eighty-One Aces of the 4th Fighter Group' by Frank Speer. (User: apollo11)

Date Contributor Update
20 July 2016 22:49:55 jlpolson Changes to nickname and events

My name is Jennifer L. Polson. I am the youngest surviving daughter of Charles E. Poage Jr. I changed entry of where he was born from Los Angeles, CA to Fresno, CA.

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2016 18:45:59 Al_Skiff Changes to surname, middlename, suffix, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

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27 September 2014 18:05:37 AAM AAM ingest

MACR 11166 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database