Charles F. Krahn

Receive Silver Wings, Commissions in Army Air Corps
The largest class in the history of  the Central Unit of the Army Air Forces Training Command stepped out of the ranks of cadets into the ranks of the Army Air Forces' fighter and bomber pilots on February 8. 

The class graduated from the Command's eleven advanced schools in Texas and Oklahoma. The class was the second to graduate during 1944. 

Swelling the ranks of "the world's greatest Air Force" were graduates from every state and the District of Columbia. In addition, silver wings were awarded to pilots from Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Canada, Brazil, and Peru.  

Fighter pilots were graduated from fields at Eagle Pass, Aloe, and Foster Fields, Victoria and Mission, TX. Bomber pilots received their wings at Frederick and Altus, OK; Pampa, Waco, Houston, Lubbock, and Brooks Field, TX and Blytheville, AR.  

The new pilots include 11 men from Eau Claire and nearby communities. They are Lieutenant Gilbert F. Rubenzer, Bloomer, who was graduated from Foster  Field, Victoria, TX; Lieutenant Frederick W. Butscher, Boyd, who was graduated from Pampa Field, TX; Lieutenant Charles F. Krahn, 1566 East Madison Street, Eau Claire, graduated from Frederick Field, Frederic, OK; Lieutenant Henry W. Wollum, Owen, from Lubbock, TX. 

Lieutenant James Omer Bergerson, Strum, from Ellington Field, Houston, TX; Lieutenant Earl H. Madsen, Wheeler, from Brooks Field, TX; and Lieutenant Duane Glen Gehring, 24, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred D. Gehring, Cameron, from Blytheville, AR. 

Lieutenant Richard D. Sibley, Hayward, Altus Field, OK; Lieutenant Raymond L. Cornwell, Rice Lake, Frederick Field, OK; and Lieutenant Alois E. Fencl, Rice Lake, from Lubbock Field, TX.


Bomber Pilot
LT. CHARLES F. KRAHN
FORT WORTH, TX Second Lieutenant Charles F. Krahn, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl W. Krahn, 1566 East Madison Street, Eau Claire, WI, was a member of the seventeenth and largest class of B-24, Liberator bomber pilots to graduate from the Army Air Forces Pilot School at Fort Worth Army Air Field. Of the 42 States and Hawaii represented, Texas took top honors with 38 fliers, naming that state, in the class graduated April 21.

Lieutenant Krahn, 28, received preliminary flight training at Corsicana, Texas, and won his wings at the advanced field at Frederick, OK on February 2, 1944.

The difficult nine-week course at the world's largest B-24 pilot school includes all phases of servicing and flying the battle-proven Libs.

Today's B-24 pilots will either become flight instructors and assist in the training of other Axis-busters or be sent to tactical schools for final phases of pre-combat training.


Second Lieutenant Charles F. Krahn, 28, recently arrived overseas and has begun flying combat missions, as pilot of a B-24 Liberator heavy bomber. His group, led by Lieutenant Colonel Philip R. Hawes, Pearl River, NY, has attacked such important Nazi targets as the rail yards and railroad bridges at Ferrara, Italy and numerous other vital Nazi communication centers in Germany, Greece, Romania, Yugoslavia, Austria, and southern France.

A 1935 graduate of Eau Claire High School, Eau Claire, he entered the Army Air Forces on September 21, 1944 at Fort Worth, Texas.

His wife, Mrs. Doris I. Krahn, and his son, Steven C., live at 1211 Barland Street, Eau Claire, and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Krahn, live at 1566 East Madison Street, Eau Claire.


Lt. Charles Krahn Flies 13th Mission
15TH AAF in Italy--Second Lieutenant Charles F. Krahn, 28, 1211 Barland Street, Eau Claire, WI, pilot in a B-24 Liberator Group, commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Philip R. Hawes, Pearl River, NY, recently flew his 13th combat mission over enemy territory.

Upon landing at his base, after participating in an attack on the rail yards at Ali Passen Most, Yugoslavia, Krahn said, "I guess the boys downstairs decided to make my 13th really hot. I could feel the plane bucking and bouncing from the concussion of near misses. They didn't do too badly, because they tore her a bit." On this particular raid, all but three of the planes returned scarred by flak.

A 1935 graduate of Eau Claire High School, he entered the Army Air Forces on September 21, 1943 and won his wings at Fort Worth, TX during February 1944.

His wife, Mrs. Doris I. Krahn, and son, Steven, live at the above address.


Liberator Pilot Based in Italy Killed Nov. 20
LT. CHARLES KRAHN
Lieutenant Charles F. Krahn, 29, pilot of a B-24 Liberator bomber, who was stationed in Italy, was killed in action, Monday, November 20, according to a telegram received by his wife, Doris Ione, on December 11. He was first reported missing December 7.

The pilot is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Krahn, 1211 Barland Street. He went overseas August 31.

Lieutenant Krahn was born October 16, 1916 at Eau Claire, and was graduated from high school here in 1935.

Surviving besides his wife and parents are one son, Steven; a sister, Mrs. Orin Thompson, Harlowton, MT; two brothers, Lieutenant Ray Krahn, serving with the Army Air Forces in India, and Corporal James Krahn, who recently arrived in England.

Lieutenant Krahn received preliminary flight training at Corsicana, Texas, and nine weeks of basic flight training at Majors Army Air Field, Greenville, Texas. He won his wings and commission at Frederick, Oklahoma on February 2 of this year. He was a member of the seventeenth and largest class of B-24 bomber pilots to graduate from the Fort Worth, Texas Army Air Field on April 21, 1944.

Before entering the service, he was employed by the Schwahn-Seyberth Company and Gillette Service Station.