1/Lt. Charles M. Chapman

38th FS - 12 December 1943 - 17 March 1944

Assigned Aircraft

P-38J CG- 42-67751

Mission History

Not Known

Mission List

Not Known

Air Scores
Ground Scores
Notes Born on May 14, 1918 in Ohio
ASN - O-726627
12 December 1943 - Joined the 38th Fighter Squadron
09 March 1944 - Suffered take-off accident at Nuthampstead.
Transferred to Detachment of Patients, 49th Station Hospital on the 17th March 1944.

Passed away on 19th March 2006 in Casper, WY

Memories Charles M. Chapman's Obituary - Published in the Casper Star on 24th March 2006

'He was born on May 14, 1918 in Ohio, the fourth of five children of Benjamin Franklin Chapman and Alwina Chapman. He graduated from Ohio State University in 1939 with a bachelor of science in geology.
He was a fighter pilot in the Air Corps, the 38th Fighter Squadron. He flew many missions in a P-38 from a base in England, accompanying bombers over Germany in the face of anti-aircraft fire and enemy fighters. Badly injured in a crash of his P-38 fighter, he spent a year recovering in a hospital in Santa Barbara, Calif. A first lieutenant, he served from July 23, 1942 until February 22, 1946; he was decorated with the Purple Heart, the Air Medal for Meritorious Achievement in Combat, and the ETO Theatre Ribbon with One Star.
He married Cara Lou Cullen in Paulding, Ohio on January 25, 1943. He was devoted to her during their 53 years of marriage. She died on July 16, 1996.
He moved to Casper in 1951 to begin his professional career as a geologist. He worked for many years for the Mohawk Company.
In recent years, he particularly enjoyed travel (to Europe, New Zealand, Peru, and Africa), the Casper Symphony, the music program at Casper College, charitable effort for the Cara Lou Chapman Hospice Home, Sunday mornings at First Presbyterian Church, and the company of good friends.
Survivors include 14 nieces and nephews, fellow parishioners at First Presbyterian Church, and many friends.'


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