Charles T. Fleenor was born on 22 November 1921 in Los Angeles and lived in San Leandro, California.
He was a bombardier on a B-17G in the 384th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force . He was first in the 546th Bomb Squadron and flew 6 missions, but on the 7th mission on 1 December 1943, a mission to Solingen, Germany, the crew had to ditch in the North Sea because of challenging conditions. The crew was rescued... His crew became members of the Goldfish Club.
He was then in the 547th Bomb Squadron, where he flew another 15 missions before he was shot down on 4 March 1944 on what was to be his last mission. The crews target was an industry in Berlin, Germany. His B-17G left formation at 1156 hours, right after the bombing run. 3 of the planes engines went out and the whole crew successfully bailed out at 8,000 feet. Charles was injured during the crash. His parachute got stuck in the trees when he landed and he was then captured by the Germans.
After spending 16 months at Stalag Luft 1 as a POW, his camp was liberated by the Russians in June 1945.