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 Charles Winston Runnion

Charles Winston Runnion

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Death 5 May 1944 (aged 19)
Burial Benton Station, Polk County, Tennessee, USA
Memorial ID 8167073 · View Source
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Charles Winston Runnion, S/Sgt. 493rd Bomb Group, 862nd Squadron, was the son of Charles L. and Sarah Woody Runnion. His siblings were Pearl, Clyde(female), Estel, Bettie and Billie (male), and Ina B. who died as an infant.

Winston enlisted in the U.S Army Air Corp at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia 14 January 1943. Just 6 days short of his 20th birthday, he was involved in a fatal crash of the B-24 Libertor bomber that took his life and six of his fellow airmen. The plane from McCook Army Airfield was conducting low level gunnery training at the Scottsbluff Gunnery Range north of Morrill. According to reports, the pilots chose to fly lower to the ground than what was a safe altitude and an unexpected rise in the ground caught the bottom of the plane and it skidded along and caught fire.

There were two survivors of the Nebraska training crash, William Salomon and William Kilkeary. (See the picture caption for the names of the others in "The Jones' Boys" crew.)

(Submitted by Marian Bailey Presswood, Polk County Historian.)


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S/Sgt 493rd Bomb Group, 862nd Squadron


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  • Created by: Cindy Womble Billman
  • Added: 8 Dec 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8167073
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Charles Winston Runnion (11 May 1924–5 May 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8167073, citing Benton Station Cemetery, Benton Station, Polk County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Cindy Womble Billman (contributor 46485823) .