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World War II 1
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Army 1
Birth:
1922 1
Panama Canal Zone 1
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Person:
Charles E Bostedor 1
Level of Education: 1 year of college 1
Marital Status: Single, without dependents 1
Birth:
1922 1
Panama Canal Zone 1
Residence:
Place: Ingham County, Michigan 1
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World War II 1

Branch:
Army 1
Enlistment Date:
26 Nov 1942 1
Army Branch:
Air Corps 1
Army Component:
Reserves - exclusive of Regular Army Reserve and Officers of the Officers Reserve Corps on active duty under the Thomason Act (Officers and Enlisted Men -- O.R.C. and E.R.C., and Nurses-Reserve Status) 1
Army Serial Number:
16167506 1
Enlistment Place:
Grand Rapids Michigan 1
Source of Army Personnel:
Civil Life 1
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Foremen, n.e.c. 1
Race or Ethnicity:
White 1
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Box Number: 0229 1
Card Number: 3 1
Film Reel Number: 2.86 1

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2nd Lt. Charles E. Bostedor & crew, killed in training.

Maxwell Field, Alabama

On the morning of 7 July 1944, student pilot 2nd Lt. Leonard G. Glass, student co-pilot 2nd Lt. Charles E. Bostedor, and flight engineers PFC Grady M. Henderson and PFC Francis R. Brown, took off from Maxwell Field, Alabama, in a B-24E "Liberator" bomber, on a mission of pilot solo training. Their plane was observed making several steep dives from approximately 7,000 feet down to around 4,000 feet, as well as several steep curves around towering clouds. Then, after flying level for 2 to 3 minutes, the plane was observed making a sudden steep dive, past vertical, and crashed nose first into the ground. All four aboard were killed instantly, with the plane completely destroyed, at 9:35 a.m., Central War Time.

Upon investigation, parts of both their left and right elevator assemblies were found 18 miles from the crash site, near the location of their first dive. The crash occurred 3 miles northwest of Tuskegee Army Air Field, in rural Macon county, Alabama. Investigators believed the pilots exceeded the speed rating of the aircraft during the initial dive which resulted in the damage to the plane, but could not determine if the pilots were aware that they had exceeded the ratings.

At the time of the crash, Lt. Glass had 9 1/2 hours of flight time, with 8 3/4 hours of that in a B-24. Lt. Bostedor also had 9 1/2 hours of flight time, 6 1/4 hours of which was in a B-24. They were assigned to the Army Air Force Eastern Flight Training Command, Section C-2.

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The 1930 and 1940 US census shows Charles at home with his parents, where he was listed as born in Michigan, not Panama. He was most definitely not of Chinese origin, as stated here. His headstone states he was born in 1923, not 1922. As to whether he was married, I cannot say.

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