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CHARLES E. GARRETT CREW - 358th BS
(crew assigned 358BS: 25 Nov 1944 - photo: 8 Dec 1944)

(Back L-R) 1Lt Charles E. Garrett (P), 2Lt Joseph L. A. Castillo, Jr. (CP),
2Lt John R. Magner (N), 2Lt Andrew T. Reed (B)

(Front L-R) T/Sgt Jessey B. Henson (R), T/Sgt Hollis H. Hohstadt (E),
Sgt John Walczak (BT), Sgt Joseph A. VanCleave (TG), S/Sgt Charles E. Prudhoe (WG)

(Ranks and Grades at time of last combat mission)

Thirty-five dispatched and credited combat missions flown by 1Lt Charles E. Garrett:
284 (9 Dec 1944), 285, 286, 287, 291, 292, 293, 294, 295, 296, 297, 300, 301, 302, 303, 304, 307, 312, 313, 314, 315, 316, 319, 320, 321, 323, 324, 332, 334, 335, 336, 338, 342, 343, 344 (23 March 1945). For Mission dates, targets and Mission Reports, see Combat Missions

Twelve B-17Gs flown by 1Lt Charles E. Garret on his 35 credited combat missions:

  • 44-8427 Henn's Revenge (358BS) VK-E - Missions 284, 286
  • 43-37530 Neva-The Silver Lady (358BS) VK-Q - Missions 291, 294, 300, 304
  • 42-97311 Shoo Shoo Baby (427BS) GN-O - Mission 295
  • 42-102945 Sweet Pea (358BS) VK-M - Missions 296, 297
  • 42-97546 Idaliza (360BS) PU-E - Mission 303
  • 43-39096 Sky Demon (358BS) VK-M - Missions 312, 313, 314, 315, 316, 320, 321, 323, 324, 332, 334, 335, 336, 338, 342, 343, 344
  • 43-38191 Shasta (358BS) VK-A - Mission 319
  • 43-38672 (No name) (360BS) PU-I - Mission 285
  • 43-8530 (No name) (358BS) VK-G - Mission 287
  • 42-97949 (No name) (358BS) VK-O - Missions 292, 293, 301
  • 43-38238 (No name) (358BS) VK-L - Mission 302
  • 43-38609 (No name) (359BS) BN-F - Mission 307
Crew Notes:
  • 1Lt Charles E. Garrett (P) - All missions flown as First Pilot. Mission 284 flown with a combat orientation CoPilot 2Lt Chester G. Judd. 35 mission combat tour completed on 23 March 1945 (mission 344).
  • 2Lt Joseph L. A. Castillo, Jr. (CP) - Twenty-six missions flown with 1Lt Garrett (285, 286, 287, 291, 292, 293, 294, 295, 296, 297, 300, 301, 302, 303, 304, 307, 312, 313, 314, 320, 332, 334, 335, 336, 338, 342) and nine missions with other Pilots (284, 310, 311, 315, 316, 324, 341, 343, 344). 35 mission combat tour completed on 23 March 1945 (Mission 344). Promoted from F/O to 2Lt on 23 March 1945.
  • 2Lt John R. Magner, Jr. (N) - Fifteen missions flown with 1Lt Garrett (284, 285, 286, 287, 291, 292, 293, 294, 295, 296, 297, 300, 301, 302, 303). Became a Lead Crew GH Navigator and flew on six missions in this crew position (316, 323, 331, 332, 336, 343). Completed twenty-one combat missions on 22 March 1945 (Mission 343). Promoted from F/O to 2Lt on 17 March 1945.
  • 2Lt Andrew T. Reed (B) - Nine missions flown with 1Lt Garrett (284, 285, 286, 287, 291, 292, 293, 294, 295), two missions with other Pilots (308, 319) and eight missions as a Lead Crew Bombardier (314, 323, 332, 338, 343, 350, 355, 364). Completed nineteen combat missions on 25 April 1945 (Mission 364). Transferred to 359th BS on 23 April 1945.
  • T/Sgt Hollis H. Hohstadt (E), T/Sgt Jessey B. Henson (R), Sgt John Walczak (BTG), Sgt Joseph A. VanCleave (TG) - Flew on 34 missions with 1Lt Garrett (All Garrett missions except 344) and with 1Lt John D. Dorsett on one mission (311). 35 mission combat tours completed on 22 March 1945 (Mission 343). Sgt VanCleave flew on mission 315 as a Waist Gunner with 2Lt Morris L. Dickinson as Tail Gunner/Observer.
  • S/Sgt Charles E. Prudhoe (WG/Tog) - Flew on 34 missions with 1Lt Garrett (All Garrett missions except 323) and with 1Lt John D. Dorsett on one mission (311) and another Pilot on mission 323: As Waist Gunner (20 Missions - 284 through 313 on 9 Feb 45); As Togglier (15 missions - with and after mission 314). Completed 35 mission combat tour on 23 March 1945 (Mission 344).

[photo courtesy of George T. Mackin]
[Researched by Harry D. Gobrecht, 303rdBGA Historian Emeritus]