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Charles Arthur Badavas


Assigned to 357FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. ETD.

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.


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. ...

  • 355th Fighter Group

    355th Fighter Group

    Where the 353rd Fighter Group had pioneered ground strafing techniques, it was the 355th Fighter Group who destroyed more enemy aircraft by ground strafing than any other Eighth Air Force Group. Based at Steeple Morden from July 1943 to July 1945, the...

  • 357th Fighter Squadron


  • 44-14434 'Maria'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 357FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of 1st Lt Charles A Badavas.

Associated Place

  • Steeple Morden

    Military site : airfield
    Originally used from 1940 as a small, grass airfield, satellite for nearby RAF Bassingbourn, Steeple Morden was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in August 1942 as a potential bomber base. It was used briefly by the 3rd Photographic Group during the...


Event Location Date
Born Boston, MA, USA 6 February 1921
Lived in Suffolk County, MA, USA 1941
Enlisted Boston, MA, USA 28 September 1942

Boston, Massachusetts

Based Steeple Morden 12 June 1944 – March 1945

Assigned to 357FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Steeple Morden, Royston SG8, UK 4 August 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK March 1945
Died Newburyport, MA, USA 6 August 1996


Date Contributor Update
30 April 2021 16:32:08 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography and events

Date Contributor Update
16 November 2016 09:58:09 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- 1996 355TH FG Assoc. Directory ;
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

Date Contributor Update
26 August 2016 13:52:17 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:20 AAM AAM ingest

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list