Died: 16 December 1941 aged 21 in Libya. Killed in action at Benghazi.
Battle: Western Desert Campaign: June 1940 – February 1943. Cemetery: Benghazi War Cemetery 8. B. 9.
Son of William and Francis Helen Charles, of Monkton Wyld, Bathford, Somerset.
33 Sqdn. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
The squadron flew Hurricanes and was based in the Middle East with the exception of a time from January to May 1941 where it was involved in very heavy fighting trying to resist the invasion of Greece.
Two formation of four Hurricanes each strafed transport on the road between Ghemines and El Agheila. Heavy casualties were inflicted on lorry borne troops and many vehicles were damaged.
F/O Charles hit a trailer that he was strafing and crashed in flames and was killed.'
33 Squadron record book, Dec 1941: AIR-27_367_15