Anthony, Charles C., SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 611-Aerial Gunner
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1944-1944, AAF MOS 611, 418th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1943 - 1944
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Staff Sergeant

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
418th Bomb Squadron
Thorpe-Abbots, United Kingdom

Casualty Date
Mar 06, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
Elmwood Cemetery - Grayling, Michigan
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II Fallen
  1944, World War II Fallen

 Ribbon Bar

Aerial Gunner Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)100th Bombardment Group, Heavy418th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1943-1943, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 611, 100th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 611, 418th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)/Bombing Raids Over Germany
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1943-1944, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Charles C. Anthony was born in Michigan on January 22, 1918. His parents were Charles  and Ida M. Klein Anthony. All US Censuses from 1920 through 1940 lists the family as residing in Grayling, Michigan. The 1940 Census has Anthony listed as an employee (clerk), living in the household of Isabel Cassidy.

Anthony enlisted in Michigan in 1943. He was selected for flight duty, and trained as an aerial gunner. Upon completing this course of instruction, he was promoted to Sergeant, and assigned to a crew headed by Lt. Terry for crew training. This crew was sent to England, and arrived there on December 31, 1943. They flew 4 missions.

On March 6, 1944, the crew was dispatched to bomb areas in and around Berlin, Germany. Over the target, enemy aircraft attacked and damaged this B-17. Three men bailed out, and made safe landings, but were captured.

Seven bodies were recovered from the crash scene, and buried locally. After the war ended, these remains were retrieved and moved to a temporary military cemetery. Later, most of them were released and sent to families for private burial. At present, Sgt Anthony lies in the Elmwood Cemetery in Grayling, Michigan.
US Census 1920
US Census 1930
US Census 1940
Headstone Application for Military Veterans Record Card ( signed 1949)


SSgt Charles C. Anthony was acting as the left waist gunner on B-17G # 42-97482, named "Terry and the Pirates," assigned to the 418th Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 3033 was issued to account for this loss. Combat crew rosters state the crew to have been:

1 Lt William A. Terry  p
2 Lt William L. Peterson  c-p
2 Lt Robert P. Schrenser  nav
2 Lt Ralph G. Cotter  bomb
TSgt James P. Aitken  eng/tt gun
TSgt Richard P. Howell  r/o
SSgt James A. Bain  btg
SSgt Charles C. Anthony  Lwg
SSgt John R. Horn  Rwg
SSgt Carl D. Hampton  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

Lt Schrenser and Sgts Aitken and Bain were the only survivors.

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