Lt. Col. Charles T. Foster
Although a U.S. citizen, Charles T. Foster volunteered with the Canadian military in 1942 in order to support the Allied war effort in Europe. He was assigned to begin pilot training, but before he could report for duty the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. The Canadian military released him from his obligation, saying his own country needed his service. After initial training segments he was assigned to the U.S. 486th Bomb Group near Sudbury, Suffolk, England as the Armaments Officer. Lt. Foster flew in numerous combat missions over Nazi-held Europe; 191 missions were flown from the base and 400 U.S. airmen died serving there. After WWII ended, Charles Foster resumed civilian life, only to be recalled to military service due to the Korean Conflict. He served in Korea in 1951-52 and was awarded the Bronze Star for heroic action. Captain Foster decided to make the Air Force his career and served for 20 years. Some of his positions: Deputy Commander of Maintenance for the SAC Bomb Wing at Hunter Air Base; Chief of Maintenance Procedures for 1st STRATAD at Vandenburg AFB; Chief of Missile Maintenance Training at Offutt AFB; Director of Logistics at VAFB.
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