Hurlbutt, Charles A., Jr., SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 940-Aerial Photographer
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1942-1943, AAF MOS 940, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1941 - 1943
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Staff Sergeant

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Home State
Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
353rd Bomb Squadron
St. Donat, Algeria

Casualty Date
Jul 27, 1943
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Mediterranean Sea
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Sicily-Rome, Italy
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Walls of the Missing

 Official Badges 

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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II Fallen
  1943, World War II Fallen

 Ribbon Bar

Aircrew 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 940, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 940, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 940, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 940, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Egypt-Libya Campaign (1942-43)
  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1943-1943 Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)/Operation Strangle
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1942-1943, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Charles Angell Hurlbutt, Jr. was born, supposedly in Denver, Colorado, to Charles A., Sr. and Amelia Davidson Hurlbutt in 1920. The US Census 1930 shows the family in Junction, while the US Census 1940 has the family in Denver, but Amelia is listed as "Single" and Head of house.

Hurlbutt evidently attended Denver High School, as the 1937 Yearbook from that school shows him as a member of the R.O.T.C. His first appearance in the military records located show him as an aerial photographer assigned to the 353rd Bomb Squadron in Algeria.

On July 27, 1943, the crew was tasked to participate in a raid on Capua, Italy, near Foggia. The bomb run proceeded normally, with all bombs released and falling in trail. Observers within the formation noted the bomb bay doors never closed, and the top turret (usually manned by the flight engineer) was vacant.This led to later speculation that there was a malfunction on board.

The aircraft suddenly pitched nose-up, almost colliding with another aircraft. Immediately, the nose went down, the ship entered a steep dive, and with several parachutes out and open, plunged into the sea. However, only one crew member survived.

No remains were recovered, and after one year, the status of the crew was changed from Missing In Action to a Finding of Death. All are remembered on the Walls of the Missing in the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery in Nettuno, Italy.
US Census 1930
US Census 1940
US School Yearbooks, 1880-2012


SSgt Charles A. Hurlbutt, Jr. was an aerial photographer aboard B-17F #42-3170, not named, assigned to the 353rd Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 339 was issued, but contains only aircraft and crew identification. Details of crash available from after-action interviews with formation observers. Mission loading lists agree with crew listing that the crew was:

1 Lt Denis G. Booker  p
2 Lt Robert T. Dix  c-p
2 Lt Harvey P. Harrington  nav
2Lt Bernard Turansky  bomb
SSgt William L. Hayes  eng/tt gun
SSgt Seeburn V. Rosheger  r/o
SSgt Jasper C. Pearson  btg
SSgt Eugene B. Fleming  wg
SSgt Fred S. Luke  tail gun
SSgt Charles A. Hurlbutt  photo

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

Sgt Hayes was the only survivor.


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