WASSELL, CHARLES PARKIN, Second Lieutenant, # 0-759859, USAAF
Charles P. Wassell was born on 10 December 1921 in Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois, to Frank Lloyd Wassell (1889-1973) and Georgene J. (Parkin) Wassell (1892-1970). Siblings included Harry Bornetrager Wassell (1916-1943), Frank L. Wassell Jr. (1917-1943), Elizabeth Parkin “Betty” Wassell (1918- ), George Wassell (1923- ), and Patricia Wassell (1924- ). He was married to Jacquerline (Bell) Burton nee Wassell (1923-2013).
He registered for the WWII draft on 16 February 1942, resided on Mayflower Rd, Westport, Fairfield Co., CT, and described himself as 6’2”, 160 lbs, with blond hair and blue eyes. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed navigator instruction for the B-24 Liberator. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 19 May 1944 a B-24J, # 42-73516, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 375th Bomb Squadron, Kweilin, China, departed its airfield on a sea sweep combat mission and was seen to crash at about 0718 Zulu at coordinates 20° 15’ North & 114° 32’ East. It was shot down by anti-aircraft about 100 miles Southeast of St. John’s Island, South East China Sea. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.
His brother, Harry B. Wassell, born 18 July 1916, served in the USAAF, Second Lieutenant (Navigator), Air Transport Command, from 10 March 1942 until he died on 10 July 1943 in Iceland and is buried in the Willowbrook Cemetery, Wesport, Fairfield Co., CT.
His brother, Frank L. Wassell Jr., born 25 September 1917, served in the USAAF, First Lieutenant, 536th Bomb Group, 478th Bomb Squadron, from 19 December 1941. He died 28 February 1943 in Highlands Co., Florida.