Goodwin, Charles R., Sgt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 611-Aerial Gunner
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1942-1942, AAF MOS 611, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1941 - 1942
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
353rd Bomb Squadron

Casualty Date
Nov 28, 1942
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Mediterranean Sea
World War II
Location of Interment
North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial - Carthage, Tunisia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Walls of the Missing

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World War II Fallen
  1942, World War II Fallen

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Aerial Gunner Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)301st Bombardment Group, Heavy  353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1941-1942, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 611, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 611, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Egypt-Libya Campaign (1942-43)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1942-1942, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Charles Ross Goodwin was born on November 22, 1918 in Cloudchief, Oklahoma. He was a son of William C. and Iva F. Goodwin. The US Census 1920 shows the family home as Seger, Oklahoma. The US Census 1940 shows Charles in Tulsa, married to his wife Geraldine, and working as a gas station attendant.

He enlisted in Oklahoma City on December 12, 1941 as a private in the Army Air Forces. His enlistment documents state he had completed 4 years of high school, was employed as a lens grinder (optician,), and divorced with no dependents.

He was trained as an aerial gunner, and assigned overseas in 1942. He was assigned to the B-17 combat crew headed by Lt. Maher. On November 28, 1942, the crew was part of a bombing raid on targets near Bizerte, Tunisia.

While flying to the target area, the formation was attacked by enemy aircraft. Lt. Maher's plane was shot down, crashing into the Mediterranean Sea. No survivors were found, and no bodies were recovered.

Sgt Goodwin is memorialized on the Walls of the Missing in the North Africa American Cemetery in Tunis, Tunisia.
US Census 1920
US Census 1940
NARA Enlistment Records


Sgt Charles R. Goodwin was an assigned tail gunner, serving on B-17F # 41-24374, no name, assigned to the 353rd Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 16038 covers the loss of this crew/aircraft. Mission loading lists show the crew as:

1 Lt Robert E. Maher  p
2 Lt Roy C. Tobey  c-p
2 Lt Lee H. Adkins  nav
2 Lt Fred J. Graf  bomb
MSgt Edward C. Shackleton  eng/tt gun
TSgt Frank J. Conlon  r/o
Sgt Harry R. Alger  wg
Sgt Max D, McNeil  wg
Sgt Charles R. Goodwin  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

Shackleton's middle initial is given as "O," "C," or "W" in various documents.

There is no known photo of this crew.

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