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Alston Jr. ,Charles Freedeman

Rank and Name, Sergeant Charles Freedeman Alston Jr.

Unit/Placed in, Air Corps (375th Bomber Squadron, 308th Bomber Group).

 The group was assigned to the 14th Air Force and made many trips over the ‘Hump’ between India and China to obtain gasoline, bombs, spare parts, and other items they needed to prepare for and sustain their combat operations.   The 308th supported Chinese ground forces; attacked airfields, coal yards, docks, oil refineries and fuel dumps in French Indochina; mined rivers and ports; bombed maintenance shops and docks at Rangoon, Burma; attacked Japanese shipping in the East China Sea, Formosa Strait, South China Sea and Gulf of Tonkin.


Charles is born approx. on Aug. 29, 1921 in Swisher County, Texas.

Father, Charles F. Alton.

Mother, Aleta (Hightower) Alton.


Charles enlisted the service in Texas with service number # 38415648.


Charles’s Crew-members and position on-board the plane a B-24 were,

2nd Lt.          Walter O. Kaestner            Pilot

2nd Lt.         John J. Apsega                 Co Pilot

2nd Lt.          Harold R. Crawford           Navigator

2nd Lt.          Donald H. Bassit               Bombardier

S/Sgt.           William H. Luebbers           Engineer

S/Sgt.           William P. Smith               Radio Operator

Sgt.              James D. Mann                 Top Turret Gunner

Sgt.              Hobert G. Jones                Left Waist Gunner

Sgt.              Thomas I. Young                Right Waist Gunner

Sgt.              Charles F. Alton Jr.            Tail Gunner


Charles died no record on May 22, 1944, he is honored with a Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Distinguished Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.


Charles is buried/mentioned at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.

Walls of the missing.

He also has a Memorial Grave at Forest Park Cemetery, Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA.


Thanks to, http://www.usaaf-in-cbi.com/308th_web/index.htm


Jean Louis Vijgen, WW2-Pacific Website.

Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.

ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov

Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org

POW Info, http://www.mansell.com    Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.

Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org

Marines Info, https://missingmarines.com/    Geoffrey Roecker

Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org


Philppine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/

Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com

375th Bomber Squadron
308th Bomber Group
Kumming Airfield China
Bomber Group Squadrons
Charles F. Alton
His rank Sergeant