669th BS Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

2Lt. Charles NMI ("Charlie") Church

Pilot,  O-440998

Prisoner Of War

669th Bombardment Squadron (L)


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  Born: 28-Jan-1919, Warren, Trumbull County, Ohio

Entered Military Service: Date: 8-Apr-1942

POW summary:
Fail to Return Date: 6-Jun-1944
Captured: 6-Jun-1944, At Forges-Les-Eaux, By: Fieldpolice at Forges-Les-Eaux
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 3 Sagan-Silesia Bavaria (Moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser) 49-11
Return Date: 19-May-1945
NARA WW II POW Data File Latest Report Date: 19-May-1945
NARA WW II POW Data File ID: 52986

Died: 18-Nov-2001, Akron, Summit County, Ohio

On-line Memorials:
National World War II Registry


Charles Church
1919 - 2001

Charles Church, 82, died unexpectedly Nov. 18, 2001.

Born in Warren, Ohio, he had been a resident of the Akron, Ohio area for most of his life.

He served in the United States Army 9th Air Force, 416th Bombardment Group (L), 669th Bomb Squadron as a Douglas A-20 Havoc pilot during World War II, with rank of 2nd Lt. He was shot down and crash landed near Arvill, France on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Charles was captured by German Panzer Operations and was a Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft III, later moved to Stalag VIIA. This camp was liberated by Patton's 3rd Army, April, 1945. Charles remained in the Air Force Reserves after WWII and retired with the rank of Lt. Col.

He was a graduate of the University of Akron and Akron Law School and practiced law on East Market Street for over 40 years, retiring in 1991. Mr. Church was a member of the Tallmadge Lodge 756 F&AM, the Tadmor Shrine, the Akron Commandery, the Akron Bar Association, and the Confederate Air Force.

Preceded in death by his wife, Betty, in 1996, he is survived by his sons, Richard Jok Church of California, James Jared Church (Jan) of Washington, D.C., James Charles Collins and Richard Eugene Collins (Becky), both of Akron; daughter, Kathleen Marie Stull (Jeffrey) of Mogadore; grandchildren, Stacy, Christopher, Sean, Adam and Hannah; three great-grandchildren; and special nephew, George Terhesh.

There are no services or calling hours. Cremation has taken place. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mogadore Fire and EMS, 135 South Cleveland Ave., Mogadore 44260.

(Billow, TALL-MADGE Chapel, 330-867-4141.)

[Note: The above text is modified from The Akron Beacon Journal Newspaper Obituary which incorrectly lists his WWII rank as "Colonel".]

The Akron Beacon Journal (Akron, Ohio), 20 Nov 2001, Page D006, Charles ChurchNewspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com/image/170458880/?article=12840fa0-a86f-409b-92c4-cd114d9dd1f6 [subscription required] : accessed 9 April 2021)

MACR 6046 / MACR 9832 Details

A/C Seen to Crash. Lost as a result of Other Circumstances. Seen to crash 4 miles SW of Forges, France, 3 chutes reported.

The third plane, piloted by Lt. Charles Church, was last seen leaving the target area in trouble. Several crews reported seeing a big explosion in the woods nearby that might have been his plane. His gunners were S/Sgt. H.E. Shatzer and S/Sgt. P.P. Maciulewicz.
(416th BG History 1944)

See also Mission # 68

See also:
Charles Church, Post-War Obituary

2Lt. Charles "Charlie" Church Photo Collection

See Also:
Prisoner Of War (POW) Camps
Escape & Evasion (E&E) Reports
POW/E&E Terms and Acronyms
POW/E&E Sources, References, Resources