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Charles W Keeling Jr

Military

Completed 29 actual combat missions; credited with 1 additional mission. 5/19/44 Kiel; 5/22/44 Kiel; 5/23/44 Bayon, France, 5/25/44 Fecamp/Metz, France; 6/4/44 Massey/Palaisean, France; 6/6/44 Ver-Sur-Mer, France; 6/11/44 Bernay/St. Martin, France; 6/12/44 Vitry-En-Artois, France; 8/13/44 Elbeuf, France; 8/16/44 Schkenditz; 8/25/44 Peenemunde; 8/26/44 La Louviere-Terte, France; 8/27/44 Berlin; 9/3/44 Ludwigshaven; 9/5/44 Ludwigshaven; 9/10/44 Gaggenau; 5/17/44 Groesbeck; 9/19/44 Hamm; 9/30/44 Munster; 10/7/44 Politz; 10/15/44 Cologne; 10/17/44 Cologne; 10/19/44 Mannheim; 10/26/44 Bielfeld; 10/30/44 Munster; 11/6/44 Harburg; 11/25/44 Merseburg; 12/11/44 Frankfurt; 12/12/44 Merseburg; 12/24/44 Koblenz. After completing these missions, he was a ferry pilot, piloting planes in the European and Mediterranean theaters.

Air Medal w/ 4 Oak Leaf Cluster/ EAME Campaign Medal w/2 Bronze Stars/ DFC

Service

Units served with

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 613th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-39932 Sweat 'er Out

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 12/10/43; Gr Island 5/11/43; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-H] Deenethorpe 2/1/44; 11 x missions; was set for mission to Bernburg 6/7/44 with Russ Lockhart, Co-pilot: Porter Ham, Navigator: Bob Grilley, Bombardier: John Jardine, Flight...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Cora, West Virginia 19 November 1916
Died 18 February 1973
Buried Danville, Virginia

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 September 2020 15:16:30 decwriter Changes to biography and awards
Sources

NARA file verified DFC. No file for AM is available. Find a Grave has DFC and AM & 4 OLC on headstone.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:04 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / son, Willard H. Keeling, http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=131

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