Charlie was born on February 1, 1921 at North Bay.
He attended Jarvis Collegiate in Toronto.
He enlisted in the RCAF in 1940 at Toronto. #1 Manning Depot, Toronto; Guard Duty at Picton and Chatham NB #3 ITS, Victoriaville; #12 EFTS, Goderich; #5 SFTS, Brantford and then Trenton, Re-selection; #6 B&G Mountainview and received his AG wing in August 1941.
He was posted overseas to Bournemouth then to Manby, Gunnery School; Stormy Down, Turret Course and then to OTU, at Upper Heyford.
Charlie was posted to 83 Squadron RAF, 5 Group, then 8 Group(PFF) and then to 207 Squadron 5 Group.
His crew consisted of: *PILOT - P/O Glen McNichol, RCAF; **NAV - F/O Harold Beaupre, RCAF; **BA - Jack Crowe, RAF; ** FE - W/O George Mott, RAF; * WOP - Harold MacFarlane, RAF; *2nd PILOT - Ottey RAF;
**BA - P/O Bill Lewis, RCAF (USA); **MUG - F/Sgt Alex Willis, RAF; *MUN - Jock Whyte, RAF.
* Presumed killed in action. ** POW
Memorable ops: The first!! - first 1,000 bomber raid on Cologne, June 1942.
Shot down - Why I could write a book about it!!!!
Ask at your local bookstore for a copy of “Past tense - Charlies Story”, published by General Store Publishing House, Burnstown, ON. K0J 1G0
Prison Camps: Stalag Luft 1 - Barth; Stalag Luft 6 - Heydekrug; Stalag 20A - Thorn, Lodgorz; Stalag 11B - Falling Bostel.
Charlie was demobbed at Toronto in August 1945.
Career: Sales, Sales Supervisor, P/AG, National Sales Manager, Manufacturer’s Agent.
Married Leona Louise Gilham, 1946 - A Toronto girl and one son and one daughter. February 1, 2002