SSgt. Charles E. "Shorty" Vickers, ASN 34198133

Gunner - Vaughn Crew

10th Air Force / 7th Bombardment Group / 492nd Bombardment Squadron

Entered Service: 9 Feb 42    Killed In Action: 26 Oct 43

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster

Purple Heart

En route to Rangoon, Burma on a combat mission, the formation of B-24s came under attack by enemy fighters. In one of the passes, a zero made an attack from about three o'clock. As the fighter went through the formation, it struck Vickers' bomber at about the waist position, cutting the fuselage in half and tearing off the zero's tail. Both planes spun out of control and crashed.

(Images provided by Kristi Goetsch & Karen Beenken)

Front, L-R: TSgt. Patrick G. O'Hare (RO), Nathan L. Wall, E. Lewis
Back, L-R: SSgt. Charles E. "Shorty" Vickers, Harry N. Chenowith

The mid-air collision that doomed the crew of the ship.
Painted from memory by SSgt. Thomas L. Grady. (click on image to see larger size.)

7th BG Personnel

492nd BS Personnel