Brunson, Charles Pinckney, Jr., TSgt

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Last Rank
Technical Sergeant
Primary Unit
1941-1942, 5th Bombardment Group, Heavy
Service Years
1939 - 1942
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Technical Sergeant

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Home State
North Dakota
North Dakota
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Elmore Country, Alabama
Last Address
Hickam Field, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii

Casualty Date
Jun 09, 1942
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Air Loss, Crash - Land
New Zealand
World War II
Location of Interment
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot B Row 0 Grave 958

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
31st Bombardment Squadron5th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1941-1942, 31st Bombardment Squadron
  1941-1942, 5th Bombardment Group, Heavy
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  1942-1942 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
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B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1941-1942, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was killed in the crash of B-17E 41-2667 "Texas Tornado" just after taking off from Whenuapsi Airfield, Auckland, New Zealand. Most of the crew were killed by the crash itself and 1 or 2 of them were killed by the exploding bombs. The aircraft and crew had been there for several days supposedly for a rest period and to make preparations for other US forces to come there. Their destination at take-off was given as Laverton Airfield near Melbourne, Australia. These "facts" could possibly have been a cover for a secret combat mission as the aircraft was carrying live bombs. 


Pilot  Col Richard Cobb (KIA, BR) MA
Co-pilot  Capt James R. Bruce, Jr. (KIA, BR) MI
Navigator  2nd Lt Edward H. Hoffman (KIA, BR) OH
Crew  T/Sgt Charles P. Brunson, Jr., 6393791 5th BG, 31st BS (KIA , BR) AL
Crew  Sgt Harry Cohn, 06948800 (KIA, BR) PA
Crew  Sgt Joe F. Lopez (KIA, BR) TX
Crew  Cpl John R. Clanton, 7021855 5th BG, 31st BS (KIA, BR) PA
Crew  Cpl James Herriotts, Jr., 13004012 (KIA, BR) Philadelphia, PA
Crew  PFC Curtis L. Childers, 7083882 5th BG, 31st BS (KIA, BR) FL
Passenger  Lt. William E. Hurst, USN (KIA, BR) NB
Passenger  Capt Jean Githerd, Free French Navy liaison officer (KIA, BR)

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