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2LT Charles Joseph “Bud” Carter

2LT Charles Joseph “Bud” Carter

Birth
Rochester, Monroe County, New York, USA
Death 10 May 1944 (aged 25)
Texas, USA
Burial Rochester, Monroe County, New York, USA
Plot Section NO13, Lot Vet, Grave 183
Memorial ID 70348443 · View Source
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Age 25

Charles served as a Second Lieutenant on B-17F #42-31006, Section B, 3017th Army Air Force Base Unit, U.S. Army Air Force at Hobb's Air Force Base, New Mexico during World War II.

He resided at 59 Studley Street, Rochester, Monroe County, New York prior to the war.

Charles died in a plane crash during training near El Paso, Texas.

Service # O-771664

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Airmen who perished on B-17F #42-31006:

Bahling, Donald M ~ 2nd Lt, CA
Blackner, James B ~ 2nd Lt, Pilot, UT
Carter, Charles J ~ 2nd Lt, NY
Hogan, Edward E ~ Pvt, Radio Operator, NY
Huse, Eldwyn E ~ S/Sgt, Engineer, WA

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

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The following is log of that crash submitted by FAG member B24CoPilotNiece:

Weather was clear with unlimited visibility but with light rain showers in the vicinity 10 May 1944. B-17F #42-31006 took off from Hobbs Army Air Force Base at Hobbs NM on a routine formation training flight to El Paso TX and then a return back to base. The aircraft was flying in formation at an altitude of 25,000 ft on the right wing with another aircraft, piloted by 2nd Lt Troy M Deal, Instructor Pilot, ASN O-482967 and which was in the lead position. Captain Thomas' ship, the No. 12 aircraft, was accompanying the formation on the left wing of Lt Deal's lead aircraft. A short time into the flight, positions switched, as Capt. Thomas took the lead, and Lt Blackner took his left wing, and Lt. Deal took the right wing. They made their destination of El Paso and turned for a heading to Salt Flat.

Lt Blackner's ship veered sharply to the right towards Lt Deal's ship and disappeared through the overcast layer. No further contact was made with any of the crew. The instructor pilots thought that Lt Blackner's aircraft had gotten into the prop-wash and at some point would re-appear. A local rancher spotted the ship coming straight down. The aircraft was said to have seemed to level off, and then head back straight down. The eyewitness was approximately eleven miles away when he saw the aircraft hit and catch fire. The investigative opinion is that the probable cause of the crash was due to material failure in the oxygen system. All five airmen were killed in the crash.

Other eyewitnesses on board Capt Thomas' aircraft and Lt Deal's aircraft were 2nd Lt Seth L H Clare ASN O-771309 (Officer Student), 2nd Lt Max M Derry ASN O-771339 (Officer Student), and PFC Everett H McGhee ASN 19114005 (Radio Operator).

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  • Created by: Russ Pickett
  • Added: 25 May 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 70348443
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 2LT Charles Joseph “Bud” Carter (1 Apr 1919–10 May 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 70348443, citing Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Rochester, Monroe County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .