Oral History interview of Charles Wiles. Interview conducted by Thorpe, Alex at Veteran's Residence.
0:32 Birthplace; 0:53 Siblings; 1:41 Childhood; 3:03 Education; 3:37 Training; 3:58 England, POW; 5:24 Enlisting In the Air Force; 6:00 Basic Training; 6:20 Drill Sergeants; 6:43 Advanced Training; 7:28 Arriving In England; 7:52 Flight Engineer; 8:28 Training Personnel; 9:39 Shot Down; 11:40 Prison Camp; 13:36 Russians, Starvation; 14:41 Other Soldiers; 15:54 German Reactions; 16:19 Passing the Border; 16:54 Other Prison Camps; 17:36 Reenlisting In the Air Force; 18:47 Korean Involvement; 20:04 Coming In on Runs; 21:22 Correspondence; 21:57 Stationed In Japan; 22:46 Never Landing In Korea; 23:14 Maintenance Work; 24:14 Stationed In Orlando; 24:55 McCoy Air Force Base; 25:27 Retirement, Real Estate; 25:54 Changes In Orlando; 26:30 Air Force Life; 27:15 Medals and Citations; 27:48 Chief Master Sergeant; 28:09 Responsibilities; 30:23 No Regrets; 30:53 Military Advice; 31:57 Closing Comments; 33:26 End of Interview.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
War or Conflict
World War II
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
U.S. Air Force
Unit of Service
351st Bomb Group; 8th Air Force
Location of Service
McCoy Air Force Base (Fla.)
Chief Master Sergeant; CMSgt
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Battle of Lechfeld
Please see video.
The contact information given belongs to Charles daughter, Karen Clement. She supplied the VHP with a letter detailing a bombing mission, POW Experience, and Charles career. Charles Wiles was initially discharged from the Air Force on 7/29/1945. He re-enlisted 1/15/1948.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Wiles, Charles L.; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Air Force
Contains logs, audio and video recordings of interviews with Central Florida's veterans as part of a history class project for the students at the University of Central Florida (UCF). The UCF Community Veterans History Project(CVHP) started in fall 2010. It collects, preserves, and makes accessible to the public the experiences of Central Florida's veterans so that future generations will better understand the realities of conflict. It is a collaborative endeavor supported by multiple departments and offices at UCF. The veterans' histories are archived and made digitally available through the UCF library and selected materials are contributed to the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress.
Contributor Affiliation / Organization
RICHES University of Central Florida
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Central Florida, RICHES, "Wiles, Charles L. interview" (2016). Veterans Oral Histories. 508.