New England Air Museum
Charles E. Girouard

 

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Charles Girouard - 1943

 

Recent Address:

55 Magnolia Hill Rd., Bethlehem, CT 06751

Email:

 

Family Information:

Parents: Ulric and Clarienda; Wife: Loretta; Child: Carolyn

Hometown:

Prospect, CT

Date Entered Service:

April 1943

Service Number:

31343470

Bomb Group:

444th

Squadron:

678th

Location of Unit:

Great Bend, Kansas - July 7, 1943

Missions Flown:

 

Hump Missions Flown:

 

Targets:

 

Awards/Decorations:

5 Battle Stars, Presidential Unit Citation

Service Schools Attended:

 

Military Specialty(ies):

MOS 573-Welder, Aircraft

Rank Upon Discharge:

Sergeant

Crew Type:

Ground crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

 

Were you a POW?

No

Were you interned?

No

Date Transferred from the 58th:

 

Date Discharged from the 58th:

November 21, 1945

Post-WWII Military Service:

 

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Welder

Comments:

Charlie was a welder and worked on the aircraft. He fashioned a "hoist" to remove aircraft engines, as well as crafting a working washing machine to wash uniforms. He flew over the "hump" in an unarmed plane to deliver fuel. The plane was made lighter by removing bombs and guns to enable more fuel to be delivered. He was the gunner with a light weight wooden gun to fool enemy aircraft if noticed. He said it wasn't considered a mission per se.

Mr. Girouard passed away December 26, 2005.

 

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Charles Girouard  c. 2000

 


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