New England Air Museum
Charles M. "Chuck" Fleenor

 

Lt. Charles Fleenor, Tinian, 1945

 

Recent Address:

1920 Virginia Ave., #403, Fort Myers, FL 33901

Email:

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Family Information:

Parents: Leonard and Alda; Wife: Beth; Sons: Thomas and Richard

Hometown:

Minneapolis, MN

Date Entered Service:

August 6, 1942

Service Number:

AO 2060493, 23935A

Bomb Group:

462nd

Squadron:

769th

Location of Unit:

Tinian (April, 1945)

Missions Flown:

19

Hump Missions Flown:

 

Targets:

Yokohama

Awards/Decorations:

WWII Victory Medal,Meritorious Service Medal,Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters,Distinguished Flying Cross,Air Force Commendation Medal,Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon

Service Schools Attended:

Aviation Cadet Navigation School Aug 1943; USAF B-47 Radar & Navigation 9Sep 1954-1956; USAF Command & Staff College Aug 1962

Military Specialty(ies):

Squadron Commander -- 308th Strat. Missile Wg., Asst. Deputy Commander for Operations

Rank Upon Discharge:

Lt. Colonel

Crew Type:

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

 

Were you a POW?

No

Were you interned?

No

Date Transferred from the 58th:

January, 1946

Date Discharged from the 58th:

June 1, 1974

Post-WWII Service:

Served 17 years in Strategic Air Command. Eight years in B-47s in air crew and various staff jobs at Little Rock AFB and McConnell AFB in Wichita, Kansas. Two years were spent in Plans/Programs Directorate, 13th AF Hqs., Clark Field, Philippines. Spent one year in Vietnam; flew 75 combat missions with the 364 Tactical Electronic Warfare Sqdn. Approximately 10 years in Strategic Air Command Missiles (Titan II) as Missile Crew CO, Director of Plans/Intelligence; Missile Sqdn. Commander; Asst. Deputy CO for Operations Missile Wg.

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

I joined the 58th in Tinian on a replacement crew. Thus, I missed the Kansas training and India experiences.

Comments:

462nd B.G. -- 769th Sqdn.: AC Capt. Richard M. Gordon (Omaha, NE -- later New York City); Pilot, Lt. William Foster (Burley or Moscow, ID); Navigator, Lt. Charles M. Fleenor (Minneapolis, MN); Radar, Lt. George Gulas (Pennsylvania); Bombardier, Lt. Hugh Dinsmore (Bay City, MI); Flight Engineer, W.D. Howard Lee (Kentucky); Radio Operator, Staff Sgt. Algernon Howell (Arkansas); Central Fire Controller, Sgt. Koch; Gunners ?.

Mr. Fleenor passed away February 28th 2014

 


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