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Charles L Irwin Jr


While serving as a Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24362 aircraft was ditched in Channel 9 October 1942. Rescued and Returned to Duty (RTD). First successful ditching of a B-17 in the ETO


Units served with

  • 301st Bomb Group

    301st Bomb Group

    Activated 3-February-1942 at Geiger Field, Washington and equipped with B-17s. On 27-May-1942 the ground unit moved to Alamogordo Army Air Field, New Mexico, and the aircraft went to Muroc Army Air Field (now Edwards Air Force Base), California for...

  • 419th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24362

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned RAF [FA677] but transferred 419BS/301BG Westover 6-Aug-42; Podington 6-Aug-42; ditched Channel just off Margate, on return from Lille 9-Oct-42 aircraft flew 3 missions. Crew rescued, the first such 8AF sea rescue. No MACR issued. 10 RTD. ...


  • VIII Bomber Command 14

    9 October 1942
    Bombers are dispatched to bomb the steel and engineering works of the Compagnie de Fives at Lille, France and the locomotive and freight car works of Ateliers d'Hellemmes at Lille which are the Primary (P) targets. Other targets are Courtrai Airfield,...


Event Location Date

1920 West Moreland County, Pennsylvania


Date Contributor Update
16 November 2014 20:10:40 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography

Lee Cunningham 16-nov-2014. Edit to biography to add crew position.

Date Contributor Update
24 October 2014 16:46:14 Lee8thbuff Changes to role

Lee Cunningham 24-Oct-2014. Edit of crew position, "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
24 October 2014 16:44:01 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, events, aircraft associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 24-Oct-2014. National Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII Enlistment records; Connections within web site data.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:48 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor , Losses of the 8th and 9th AF by Bishop and Hey p.37