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   Charles E. Kavenagh
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Charles Kavenagh in uniform [n.d.]
War: World War, 1939-1945
Branch: Army Air Forces/Corps
Unit: 492nd Bomb Group, 8th Air Force
Service Location: European Theater
Rank: Staff Sergeant
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A radio operator and aerial gunner with the 492nd Bomb Group of the 8th Air Force, Staff Sergeant Charles Kavenagh spent the bulk of his WWII service flying missions out of England, but he also served on the other side of the globe, in the China-Burma-India Theater. His pencil sketches illustrate the images that composed his world: what he saw inside and outside of his plane; living conditions in England; his buddies playing cards and at the firing range. The photographs in Kavenagh’s collection offer an additional visual record of his experiences, capturing some of the same subjects depicted in his illustrations.

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»Handwritten notes related to Kavenagh's duties aboard a plane
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 Official Documents (15 items)
Army Air Forces Pilot and Crew Member Physical Record Card Enlisted Man's Identification Card Certificate of Completion of course on Flight Radio Operation, autographed by various people
Army Separation Qualification Record Certificate of appointment to Sergeant [11/29/1942] Award of the French Croix de Guerre with Palm
Citation from the Republic of France accompanying the award of the Croix de Guerre [4/19/1991] Gunnery school papers and flight records Roster of graduates from AAF Flexible Gunnery School [11/30/1942]
Certificate of completion of Army Air Forces Flexible Gunnery School [11/29/1942] Transmittal of and/or Entitlement to Awards Squadron Orders [8/2/1943]
General Order Number 31 [11/17/1944] Honorable Discharge for Charles Kavenagh [9/21/1945] Army Separation Qualification Record [9/21/1945]
  
 Maps (6 items)
Planning chart for landing at Salala and Aden, Saudi Arabia Planning chart for airports at various points on the Saudi Arabian and East African coast Planning chart for the west coast of Africa, and on the reverse, radio range symbols and procedures
Mileage chart for the China-Burma-India theater of war Mileage chart for the China-Burma-India theater of war Mileage chart of an area in the CBI on the border between Tibet, Bhutan and India.
  
 

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