SSGT Charles B. Speier

SSGT Charles B. Speier

Minnesota, USA
Death 1 Apr 1944 (aged 19–20)
Reims, Departement de la Marne, Champagne-Ardenne, France
Burial Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France
Plot Section A ~ Row 38 ~ Grave 47
Memorial ID 56375669 · View Source
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Charles served as a Staff Sergeant & Nose Gunner on B-24J "Bar Fly" #42-100248, 409th Bomber Squadron, 93th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Hennepin County, Minnesota prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on October 30, 1942 at Fort Snelling, Minnesota. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a mechanic and also as Single, without dependents.

Charles was "Killed In Action" when his B-24, while returning from a bombing run over Pforzheim, Germany, was hit by enemy flak and crashed near Reims, France during the war.

He was awarded the Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters and the Purple Heart.

Charles was interred, side by side, with three other members of his crew here at the Epinal American Cemetery. T/Sgt McCallen, 1st Lt. Robbins, and 1st Lt. Wagner.

S/Sgt Wojciechowski is interred four rows behind the others in the same section.

Service # 17154551

Info on Bomber Crew Members being interred "Side By Side" at Epinal submitted by Dwight "Andy" Anderson

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Airmen who perished on B-24 (#42-100248):

Bins, Robert F ~ 1st Lt, Navigator, WI
Butler, Daniel A ~ S/Sgt, Waist Gunner, TX
Carriker, Raymond R ~ T/Sgt, Engineer, IL
McCallen, Jack R ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, PA
McCauley, Joseph J, Jr ~ 1st Lt, Bombardier, NY
Robbins, Edward L ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, MO
Speier, Charles B ~ S/Sgt, Nose Gunner, MN
Wagner, James L ~ 1st Lt, Co-Pilot, PA
Wojciechowski, Stanley ~ S/Sgt, Tail Gunner, OH

Airmen who became a POW from B-24 #42-100248:

Zywiczynski, Frank G ~ S/Sgt, Waist Gunner, OH

Bio & Crew Report by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett


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