Tannehill, Charles O., 2nd Lt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1034-Navigator
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Officer)
Primary Unit
1942-1942, AAF MOS 1034, 32nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1941 - 1942
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
Second Lieutenant

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Home State
Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
32nd Bomb Squadron

Casualty Date
Nov 28, 1942
MIA-Finding of Death
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
Military Service Number
Not Specified

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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II Fallen
  1942, World War II Fallen

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Navigator Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Formal Schools and Training Courses301st Bombardment Group, Heavy  32nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1941-1942, Aviation Cadet Navigator Training Course
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1034, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1034, 32nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Egypt-Libya Campaign (1942-43)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1942-1942, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Charles O. Tannehill was born in Pennsylvania in 1917 to John F. and Barbara B. Tannehill. The US Censuses 1930 and 1940 both show the family living in Los Angeles.

Tannehill enlisted on October 29, 1941 as an Aviation Cadet at March Field, California. He had completed 3 years of college (unnamed), and his occupation lay within the actor/actress field. (www.Google/search  states he was a University of Southern California graduate, but no confirmation has been located.)

This same source indicates he had married Doris Ann Rogers 6 months prior to being lost. (Again, no confirmation.)

He received training as a navigator, and upon completion of the course, was awarded wings and  commissioned. He received further training before being deployed to England in 1942. After arriving in England, the 32nd Bomb Squadron moved some of its aircraft to bases in North Africa. Tannehill was assigned to the Bruce crew.

He flew on the 6 missions this crew made. On November 28, 1942, the target area was the area of Bizerte, Tunisia. While on the way to the target, the formation was attacked by German fighters. The aircraft Tannehill was in was shot down. It crashed into the Mediterranean Sea. There were no survivors, and no bodies were recovered.

Documents indicate this was the first combat loss of an aircraft by the 301st Bomb Group.

Lt Tannehill is memorialized on the Walls of the Missing in the North Africa American Cemetery in Carthage, Tunisia.

www.301stbg.com/301st_bombardment_ group.cfm
US Census 1930
US Census 1940
NARA Enlistment Records



Lt Charles Tannehill was the assigned navigator on B-17F # 41-24363, named "Bad Penny," assigned to the 32rd Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 16197 was issued to cover this loss. Mission loading lists show the crew as:

Cpt John B. Bruce  p
2 Lt Robert Earl  c-p
2 Lt Charles Tannehill  nav
2 Lt CHarles Knop  bomb
SSgt Henry P. Hughes, Jr.  eng/tt gun
Sgt  Leonard McGriff  r/o
SSgt Alpheus Backus  wg
Sgt  Samuel Scott  wg
SSgt Merle Gilger  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

The mission list shows Gilger's name as "Merle." All other sources have it as "Merril."

The only known crew photo is one in England of King George VI meeting the crew. Individual identifications are not given.

The aircraft's name was from an old axiom that a "Bad Penny Always Comes Back."

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