HUPPMANN, CHARLES SAMUEL, First Lieutenant, # 0-564313, USAAF


Charles S. “Buck” Huppman was born 24 February 1920 in Baltimore, Maryland, to Francis Joseph “Frank” Huppmann (1869-1936) and Mary Catherine (Zoll) Huppmann (1882-1934). His parents are buried in the Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Baltimore, MD. Siblings included Frank Xavier Huppmann (1903-1971), Catherine Johanne “Annie” Huppmann (1906-1930), John Philip Huppmann (1906-1960), Gerard G. Huppmann (1908-1999), Joseph Johannes Huppmann (1910-1956), Teresa M. “Tess” Huppmann (1912-1995), Mary A. Huppmann (1916-2007), and Paul Henry Huppmann (1923-1998). He attended John Hopkins University, starting there in 1937. He was an ice hockey star at Calvert Hall College High School.


He registered for the WW II draft in 1941, his employer was the Bethlehem Steel Ship Building Company. He described himself as 6’, 162 lbs, with blond hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF on 31 October 1941 in Baltimore, MD, as an aviation cadet. He completed two years of college. After training in Texas, Oklahoma and Arizona, he received his commission and wings as a navigator. On 23 January 1944, B-24J, # 42-73067 (“Rangoon Rosie”), departed Madhaigunj, India, on a bombing mission to Merguy, Malayan Peninsula. It was assigned to the 10th Air Force, 7th Bomb Group, 436th Bomb Squadron. He was the co-pilot. It was seen to crash at about 1610 hours at 12º30’ North - 95º 30’ East, in Malaya, shot down by enemy aircraft. It was noted to be a battle casualty. Its crew were killed in action, except TSgt Grant L. Butcher, who was wounded and captured by the Japanese. A Graves Registration team recovered remains from where crew was buried. Unable to distinguish the remains, they were buried in a single casket group burial in Arlington National Cemetery 25 July 1949, Section 34, grave 5023.


His brother, Joseph J. Huppmann, born 22 July 1910, registered for the WW II draft in 1940, while employed with St. Mary’s seminary. He described himself as 5’10”, 173 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He attended Calvert Hall College High School. He enlisted 15 April 1943 in Baltimore, MD, the U.S. Army.


Another brother, Paul H. Huppmann, born in 1924, born 29 August 1923, registered for the WW II draft in 1942 at age 19 years, employed at Maryland Dry Dock Co. He described himself as 5’9”, 150 lbs, with blond hair and hazel eyes. He attended Calvert Hall College High School. Commissioned an Ensign, he served in the U.S. Navy.