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Capt Charles Ehnstrom “Chuck” Tofferi

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Capt Charles Ehnstrom “Chuck” Tofferi

Birth
Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 20 Oct 1966 (aged 33)
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Burial Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA
Plot Lot 1395: Woodlawn Avenue
Memorial ID 96791585 View Source
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He also has a military marker in his memory at Arlington National Cemetery

He is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

He was one of the top American fighter pilots, becoming the Air Force Top Gun after he won the 1962 William Tell fighter weapons meet flying in an F-104 Starfighter*. Tofferi earned perfect scores in air-to-air gunnery, air-to-ground rocketry, strafing and napalm delivery. He was also assigned to be a test pilot.

8th Tactical Fighter Wing "Wolf Pack"; 7th Air Force, 435th Tactical Fighter Squadron.

He enlisted July 7, 1952.

Initially reported as Missing In Action, his plane was shot down by ground fire.

He was featured in the October, 1963 issue of Popular Mechanics magazine, in which he's described as "the sharpest shooter in the Air Force." It begins:

"Doc Holliday started out to be a dentist, John Wesley Hardin was the son of a preacher and Charles E. Tofferi of Fitchburg, Mass., entered teachers' school, but all three ended up as gunmen."

The family lived at 570 Milk Street. He was a member of the FHS class of '51.

The Fitchburg Sentinel reported on January 19th, 1970 that he "was buried today in Forest Hill Cemetery, the city in which he grew up."

Capt. Tofferi is survived by his wife, Nancy (Farrar) Tofferi and his daughters, Susan Nadine and Senya Joanne, who were nine and six when they lost their father.**

He was awarded the following:

Distinguished Flying Cross-Air Medal;
5 Oak Leaf Clusters-Air Force Commendation Medal;
Oak Leaf Cluster-Purple Heart

See also:

Together We Served

Arizona Wrecks

Popular Mechanics - Oct. 1963



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*The media described his plane as an F-104C Lone Ranger. According to Capt. Tofferi's wife, Nancy, "...it was actually an F-104 Starfighter, however, because he and his plane were the only 104 in the 1962 USAF Worldwide Weapons Meet, the media did refer to them as the 'Lone Ranger.'"

**Names included at the request of Nancy (Farrar) Tofferi.


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CHARLES E TOFFERI
MASSACHUSETTS
CAPTAIN 435 TAC FTR SQ AF
KOREA VIETNAM SS
DFC-AM & OLC-AFCM & OLC-PH
MAY 18 1933 OCT 20 1966


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  • Created by: Bill Bourbeau
  • Added: 9 Sep 2012
  • Find a Grave Memorial 96791585
  • Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/96791585/charles-ehnstrom-tofferi : accessed ), memorial page for Capt Charles Ehnstrom “Chuck” Tofferi (18 May 1933–20 Oct 1966), Find a Grave Memorial ID 96791585, citing Forest Hill Cemetery, Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Bill Bourbeau (contributor 47387362) .