Charles Bryant

1st Lt. Charles S Bryant was assigned to the 301st BG 352nd Squadron.
Military Occupational Specialty (MOS): Bombardier.

Charles S. Bryant, LT. COL. USAF RET (1968)

He was 22 yr old when he went into the Air Corps in February 1942. 2nd LT, B-17 Bombardier with the 301st Bomb Group, 352nd Squadron in Europe

His nickname was "Snappy", born in Washington D.C. but resided in Tampa Florida when he enlisted

He served until September 10,1968 when, at the age of 49 he passed away during open heart surgery at Bethesda Naval Hospital. He was assigned to the Pentagon


1st Lt. Charles S Bryant - 301st BG, Army Air Corps Library and Museum

1st Lt. Charles S Bryant

Lt. Bryant left for N. Africa on Sept 24, 1943 from Camp Patrick Henry to Hampton Roads, VA to board the SS Eugene Hale and arrived Casablanca Tuesday Oct 12 about 16oo hrs and disembarked for Camp Don P. Passage 4 miles west of town. Stayed 4 days in Casablanca then left for Algiers by A.T.C. . Continued on to Tunis the next morning on Oct 18 and arrived Tunis at 1300 hrs to Field Oudna #2 (Eloina)


Journal Entry

Sunday Oct 31, 1943 Mission #2

Route Oudna-Cape Sandoza / Primary Target -R.R. Viaduct Antheor France ht. 75'

Sec. Target R.R. Bridge- West of Nice + R.R. Marshall yds.

Prim. Targ. App.20,500' / Bomb Alt 20,400'.

intervol sett. 40 Ft. / A.S. 155 M.P.H.

Ship # 443 ( A/C 42-30443 "Mickey Joy")

6-1000 # 1/10 delay

352nd Green 2

Result: 10 miles from Toulon (targ.) No. #1, blew oil line from being hit by fighter attack. Refused to feather. At 10,000 received orders to be ready to bail out from "Lindy". 40 miles from Calvi, Corsica came on down to 1,000' after salvoing bombs and prepared to ditch. No.#1 engine smoking badly, and ready to fire, oil pouring out over super charger. Saw little field , managed crash land, field measured 2400 ft had been de-mined only 3 days previous, spent night with RAF radar outfit, slept next day. EDR Ajjacio. Lucky Boy.


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Rank Order Date Award Ribbon & Device

2nd Lt

120

03/11/1944

AM

Air Medal (AM)

2nd Lt

123

03/11/1944

AM/1OLC

Air Medal (AM) Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)

2nd Lt

445

05/14/1944

AM/4OLC

Air Medal (AM) Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)

2nd Lt

446

05/14/1944

AM/2OLC

Air Medal (AM) Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)

2nd Lt

446

05/14/1944

AM/3OLC

Air Medal (AM) Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)

1st Lt

732

05/30/1944

AM/5OLC

Air Medal (AM) Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)

1st Lt

1160

06/19/1944

AM/6OLC

Air Medal (AM) Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)

2/25/1944 PUC


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