Kegelman, Charles Clark, Col

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1944-1945, AAF MOS 1060, 42nd Bombardment Group, Medium
Service Years
1936 - 1945
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Home Town
El Reno, Oklahoma
Last Address
Wama Airfield, Morotai Island, Netherlands East Indies
(now Indonesia)

Casualty Date
Mar 09, 1945
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
El Reno Cemetery - El Reno, Oklahoma
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Aviation Cadet Flight SchoolUnited States Army Air Corps (USAAC)United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)15th Bombardment Squadron, Light
27th Bombardment Group, Light48th Fighter-Bomber Group337th Fighter Group42nd Bombardment Group, Medium
  1936-1937, AAF MOS 770, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1936-1941, AAF MOS 770, United States Army Air Corps (USAAC)
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1051, USAAF Flying Training Command
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 1051, 15th Bombardment Squadron, Light
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 1051, 27th Bombardment Group, Light
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 1060, 48th Fighter-Bomber Group
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 1065, 337th Fighter Group
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 1060, 42nd Bombardment Group, Medium
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Tunisia Campaign (1942-43)
  1944-1944 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Air Offensive Campaign Japan (1942-45)
  1944-1945 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
 Colleges Attended 
Oklahoma Military AcademyUniversity of Oklahoma
  1932-1934, Oklahoma Military Academy
  1934-1936, University of Oklahoma
 My Aircraft/Missiles
A-20 Havoc  P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)  P-51/F-51 Mustang  B-25 Mitchell  
  1942-1943, A-20 Havoc
  1943-1944, P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)
  1944-1944, P-51/F-51 Mustang
  1944-1945, B-25 Mitchell
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Synopsis of his DSC citation:
Awarded for actions during the World War II
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Captain (Air Corps) Charles C. Kegelman, United States Army Air Forces, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of an A-20 Bomber in the 15th Bombardment Squadron, 27th Bombardment Group (L), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 4 July 1942, against enemy ground targets in Holland. On this date, Captain Kegelman led a squadron of American A-20 bombers in a mission against enemy targets in occupied Holland, the first such American raid of the war. While flying with the element detailed to bomb De Kooy airdrome, Captain Kegelman had his right propeller shot away by flak while in the vicinity of the target. The ground fire also damaged his right wing and started a fire in his right engine. Lieutenant Kegelman's plane lost altitude and actually struck the ground, but he was able to keep it in the air after it bounced back up. Then, as he was preparing to leave the scene as fast as his one good engine would take him, he saw the gunners of a flak tower swinging their guns on him. Turning slightly, he flew directly at the tower and opened fire with the nose guns at close range. Fire from the tower ceased. He then proceeded to fly home at water level. The personal courage and zealous devotion to duty displayed by Captain Kegelman on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
General Orders: Headquarters, European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 11 (1942)

Action Date: 4-Jul-42

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Captain

Company: 15th Bombardment Squadron

Regiment: 27th Bombardment Group (L)

Division: 8th Air Force 
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