Charles  J.  Ozuk  
  Rank, Service
Captain,  U.S. Army Air Forces
  Veteran of:
U.S. Army Air Corps 1939-1941
U.S. Army Air Forces 1941-1945
World War II 1941-1945

Charles Ozuk was born on June 13, 1916, in Vesta Heights, Pennsylvania. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps on November 9, 1939, completed basic training in January 1940, and then attended Radio Operator and Mechanics School at Chanute Field, Illinois, from January to May 1940. Pvt Ozuk then entered the Aviation Cadet Program of the U.S. Army Air Corps for pilot training, but was eliminated in September 1940. He transferred to navigator training in November 1940, was awarded his navigator wings in February 1941, and was commissioned a 2d Lt on June 25, 1941. His first assignment was as a B-25 Mitchell navigator with the 95th Bomb Squadron of the 17th Bomb Group at McChord Field, Washington, from February 1941 until he was selected for the Doolittle Mission in February 1942. Lt Ozuk served as the navigator on the 3rd B-25 to take off from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV-8) on April 18, 1942, and after bombing targets in Tokyo, the crew flew to China and bailed out when their aircraft ran out of fuel. After the raid and evading capture, he remained in the China-Burma-India Theater until returning to the United States in June 1942. He next attended B-26 Marauder operational training with the 441st Bomb Squadron of the 320th Bomb Group at Lakeland, Florida, and at Fort Wayne, Indiana, from July to November 1942, and then deployed with the 441st Bomb Squadron to North Africa in December 1942. Capt Ozuk served as a B-26 navigator with the 441st Bomb Squadron in North Africa from December 1942 until he was injured in a crash landing on his 27th combat mission on November 7, 1943. He returned to his squadron on January 28, 1944, and flew another 12 combat missions before being injured in another crash landing on March 22, 1944. Capt Ozuk was hospitalized until May 1944, and then returned to the United States, where he was on leave until November 1944. His next assignment was as an instructor navigator at Ellington Field, Texas, from November 1944 until he was medically retired from the Army Air Forces on April 26, 1945. Charles Ozuk died on October 9, 2010, and was buried at the St. Louis Catholic Cemetery in Castroville, Texas.

His Distinguished Flying Cross Citation reads:

For extraordinary achievement while participating in a highly destructive raid on the Japanese mainland on April 18, 1942. Lieutenant Ozuk volunteered for this mission knowing full well that the chances of survival were extremely remote, and executed his part in in with great skill and daring. This achievement reflects high credit on Lieutenant Ozuk and the military service.


Crew 3 of the Doolittle Raiders, left to right-Lt Charles J. Ozuk, Lt Robert M. Gray, Sgt Aden E. Jones, Lt Jacob E. Manch, Cpl Leland D. Faktor.



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