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Charles L. Gribi | 755th Squadron, 458th Bomb Group, 2nd Air Division - Army Air Corps

4:32   |   On his very first bombing mission on May 27, 1944, Charlie Gribi's B-24, the Briney Marlin, was hit by another aircraft in his formation. Gribi's pilot, 2nd Lt. Lester "Cookie" Martin, veered away from the other plane enough to save his own, but the other aircraft was lost, along with two of Gribi's crew members, Staff Sgt. Chester Carlstrom and Staff Sgt. Wilbert Abshire, who prematurely abandoned the Briney Marlin and perished in the North Sea below. Video provided by the Clermont County Public Library. Visit for more information on his life and missions.

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