19 February 1945 — Tokyo, Japan
Born Charles K. Kingsley in 1916 at Ohio.
Enlisted as an Aviation Cadet in the Army Air Corps on 31 May 1941 at Fort Hayes near Columbus, Ohio. Completed Navigation School and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Air Forces. Graduated from Bombardier Training Class 44-01 at Roswell Army Air Field, New Mexico on 15 January 1944. Underwent B-29 aircraft transition and combat crew training at Walker Army Air Field, Kansas. Deployed from Mather Field, California to the Central Pacific Theatre of Operations with stopovers at John Rodgers Field, Hawaii and Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. On 18 November 1944, reported to 20th Air Force, XXI Bomber Command, 73rd Bomb Wing, 500th Bombardment Group (VH), 881st Bomb Squadron stationed at Isley Field on Saipan in the Mariana Islands. On 19 February 1945, he flew as the Navigator-Bombardier aboard a Boeing B-29 Superfortress, Tail Code: Z-Square-12 (serial #42-24692). As part of a diversionary strike in support of the invasion of Iwo Jima, it was one of 150 aircraft launched in multi-group formations to bombard the Musashino Aircraft Works near Tokyo, Japan. During the bomb run between Mt. Fuji and the target, a twin-engine Kawasaki Ki-45 “Nick” fighter plane dove into his aircraft just behind the wings and forward of the aft bomb-bay, causing it to break apart. The aircraft was last sighted disappearing into the clouds below at a geographic location of 35+53N and 139+40E. He was killed when the aircraft crashed on Nishihara Village in Yamanashi Prefecture on the west side of Tokyo, Japan.