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Col Charles "ROSS" Greening, Doolittle Raider and WWII Pilot

North Africa

COL. Charles Ross "ROSS" Greening;

Birth 12 Novenber, 1914, Carroll County, Iowa.....

Death, 29 March, 1957, Bethsida, Montgomery County, Maryland

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Doolittle Raider Pilot of Crew 11, B-25 #40-2249 to take off from the USS Hornet CV8. 

17th Bomb Group, 95th Bomb Squad, North Africa, Operation Torch.

C.O. of the 17th BG, B-26 Combat in the MTO, shot-down 17 July, '43 /POW

 

 

 

17th BG, C.O. Col Charles "ROSS" Greening, B-26 Pilot /MTO

Italy

COL. Charles Ross "ROSS" Greening;

Birth 12 Novenber, 1914, Carroll County, Iowa.....

Death, 29 March, 1957, Bethsida, Montgomery County, Maryland

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Doolittle Raider Pilot of Crew 11, B-25 #40-2249 to take off from the USS Hornet CV8.

   After returning he volunteered to go with Brig Gen Jimmy Doolittle of the 12th AF to North Africa for Operation Torch and fly Martin Maurader B-26 Bombers. As a Group Commander, Greening flew 27 missions before he was shot down over Mt. Vesuvius, Italy. He was captured by the Germans. Ross escaped and was recaptured. Ross spent the rest of the war in Stalag Luft 1 in Bath, Germany.  17 July, 1943 to 8 June, 1945.

17th Bomb Group, B-26 Marauders;

17th BG C.O. Col Charles R Greening, 25 May 1943 Converted to B-26's in the summer of 1942. Moved to North Africa late in 1942 and began operations on 30 Dec. Served in combat in the Mediterranean theater until the end of the war, being assigned first to Twelfth AF, then to Fifteenth (Nov 1943), and again to Twelfth (Jan 1944). Flew interdictory and close-support missions, bombing bridges, rail lines, marshalling yards, harbors, shipping, gun emplacements, troop concentrations, and other targets. Helped to bring about the defeat of Axis forces in North Africa in May 1943; assisted in the reduction of Pantelleria and Lampedusa in Jun 1943; participated in the invasions of Sicily in Jul and of Italy in Sep 1943; and took part in the drive toward Rome, receiving a DUC for a bombing attack on airdromes at Rome on 13 Jan 1944. Also received the French Croix de Guerre with Palm for operations in Italy, Apr-Jun 1944. Took part in the invasion of Southern France in Aug 1944, and continued bombardment operations in northern Italy, France, and later in Germany. Received second DUC for bombing attacks on enemy defenses near Schweinfurt on 10 Apr 1945. Assisted in the disarmament of Germany after V-E Day. Returned to the US in Nov. Inactivated on 26 Nov 1945.

BOOK; "319th in Action" (available)

Alabama

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The "319th in Action" Courage under some of the most unusual and unpredictable circumstances.....Courage under fire, Courage at it's best.

The *319th in Action* is a book about a diverse group of men and medium bombers that flew in 3 WWII Theatres and broke all records for accuracy. Stories of great but absolutely ordinary men who went all out to gain and then maintain their record of excellence. The early naming of the B-26 Marauder as the the "Widow Maker" was a misconception based on a few early problems. The 319th Bomb Group turned out to be a group of men and medium bombers that were a "Go Get 'em - Mission-Accomplished Group". Gun-ship bombers and dedicated men who believed they could do it and they DID! The 319th was versatile as well as they transitioned through three medium bombers; the B-26 Marauders, B-25 Mitchells and the A-26 Invader.
This is the complete war diary along with truthful and accurate accounts of war; battles won, lost and won again. Heart breaking losses that will bring tears of honor and pride to your eyes - and personal accounts of hope, loneliness, success and failure and of the bravery required by ALL and for the good of all. There are breathtaking accounts of leadership, teamwork and throw in some amazing deeds accomplished completely on TRUST. True accounts of our WWII "every day Heroes". . . called that because there were so many that heroic men and events actually happened "every day". In addition to the war-diary, are official documents along with truthful and honest notes and letters home, as well as stories of fierce determination. It is stunning to see our "fly-boys" not only manage but triumph through situations truly unimaginable.
Action, Adventure and Courage. . . History has proven that the 319th Bomb Group was both determined and successful. Written and assembled by a veteran, assisted by his wife/Historian .... A GREAT read! This 3rd printing has ALL of the original book and with additional narrative (that includes a diary written by a 'lost' crew, an appendix, The Brief History of the 319th BG Reunion Association, and a second appendix that includes the complete list of our men KIA). These additions were also provided by the Veterans and one of the original Authors and Historian, Esther Oyster Queneau. ********  A limited number of copies are available from Joseph Connaughton, 6404 Chadwell Rd. Huntsville, Al 35802 for $25.00 per copy plus $5.00 shipping charge.  * (Sorry, NO LONGER AVAILABLE) ****************


Barbi Ennis Connolly, 319th and 321st Bomb Group Historian in the 57th Bomb Wing  PRINCESSBARBI_B25@msn.com   20 Sept. 2012 

17 July, 1943 Shot-Down/POW Stalag Luft 1 Barth-Vogelsang Prussia 54-12 Liberated 8 June, 1945 http://aad.archives.gov/aad/record-detail.jsp?dt=466&mtch=1&tf=F&q=charles+r+greening&bc=&rpp=10&pg=1&rid=70220

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