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TSgt Charles F. Runchey, Jr
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Birth: unknown
Death: Feb. 3, 1945

T/Sgt. Charles F. Runchy KIA
Squadron 566th 389th Bomb Group
Service # 16010815
Awards: Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart

Missing Air Crew Report Details
Date Lost: 3-Feb-45
Serial Number: 42-50551
Aircraft Model B-24J-1-
Aircraft Letter: R+
Location: Germany
Cause: AA -- 7 KIA, 3 POW

First Lieutenant Robert W. Bonnar was the plane's pilot/commander and the primary target was Magdeburg, Germany. While on the bombing run over secondary target Ohlendorf/Salzgitter, Germany, DELECTABLE DORIS took a direct hit by flak in the flight deck and in the cockpit. Pilot Bonnar sustained grievous injuries in the explosion and was observed to have been unconscious and possibly KIA at the controls.
Lt. John Warren Merrill and Sgt. Billy Errol Wiedman were able to get out of the plane and parachute safely to the ground though Merrill was seriously injured. Merrill was able to provide a statement to Army Air Corps investigators about what he witnessed on the plane after the exlosions occurred. Lt Merrill returned to the US after liberation.

Sgt. Weideman reported he saw the tail-gunner, Sgt. Arthur Magellan, bail out as soon as the plane was hit and that his parachute opened. Weideman shortly thereafter also bailed out and reported he saw one other chute above him (Merrill) but could not see who it was. Weideman landed safely but was soon mauled by angry townspeople due to British Spitfire fighter planes attacking the area. He was taken into custody by some Waffen-SS soldiers who removed him to a barn for his protection and to hold him for further orders. While he was there, he saw a cart come by with the legless body of Lt. Bonnar and another crew member he could not recognize due to the remains being badly burned.

Seven of the Bonnar crew were killed and were buried at the cemetery in Ohlendorf/Salzgitter. Two other crew members were captured and held as Prisoner's of War (POW) until the war ended.

The bodies buried at Ohlendorf/Salzgitter remained there until after the war. Carl's body was repatriated to the United States for burial in the National Cemetery in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Crew of 42-50551
1st/Lt. Robert W. Bonnar Pilot
1st/Lt. Rene George Van De Voorde
1st/Lt. Rene George Van De Voorde
T/Sgt. Edward C. Rosengren
T/Sgt. Charles F. Runchey, Jr
S/Sgt. Carl Eugene Brewer Gunner
S/Sgt. Arthur M. Magellan Tail Gunner
S/Sgt. John H. Springer Gunner

Visit the virtual cemetery of the "DELECTABLE DORIS 2"" Crew. Click here
Note: Entered the service from Michigan.
Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial
Liège, Belgium
Maintained by: John Dowdy
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 07, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56360663
TSgt Charles F. Runchey, Jr
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TSgt Charles F. Runchey, Jr
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Remembering you on this Memorial Weekend 2014
- Lazer
 Added: May. 24, 2014
In honored remembrance of your valiant service and ultimate sacrifice for our great Nation and the Allied cause during World War II. May it not have been in vain.
- Rick Lawrence, MSgt., USMC/USAFR (RET)
 Added: Feb. 20, 2013

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