Charles served as a Staff Sergeant & Engineer / Gunner on B-25J #43-27888, 500th Bomber Squadron, 345th Bomber Group, Medium, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.
He resided in Wayne County, Michigan prior to the war.
He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on November 18, 1942 in Detroit, Michigan. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Machinist's apprentice and also as Single, without dependents.
B-25J #43-27888 took off, with a crew of 5, from San Marcelino Airfield, Zambaless Province, Philippines on a shipping bombing & strafing mission off the coast of Hainan Island, Hainan Province, China.
They were hit & shot down by ground anti-aircraft fire and crashed into the sea off the coast of Hainan Island.
Charles became a POW of the Japanese Army immediately after this crash.
Charles "Died Of Wounds" the same day while a POW during the war.
He was awarded the Air Medal, Prisoner Of War Medal and the Purple Heart.
He was interred here on January 6, 1949.
Service # 16150792
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Airmen who perished from B-25J #43-27888:
Blum, Arthur D ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, NY
Simpson, William P ~ Capt, Pilot, OK
Suey, Charles L ~ S/Sgt, Engineer, MI ~ POW
S/Sgt Charles L. Suey (Engineer), Capt. Merritt E. Lawlis (Nav/Bmb), and S/Sgt. Benjamin T. Muller (Radio Operator), all became POW's of the Japanese.
( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )
Special thanks to: Jeff Hall
for submitting this record for bio updates!
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