In this section you’ll find out about fellow airlifters. You are a pretty amazing group. Rank doesn’t matter as each of you were important. We’ll lead off with our President Chuck Childs in the left seat of the cockpit and then head for the runway! Soon we’ll be flying in the Southern Corridor with members information and sidelights. You’ll learn the amazing things our members do and have done both in and out of service. There are remarkable stories to be told and you’ll find them here.
BAVA member Edwin Gere wrote a great book about our members called “The Unheralded”. The book is out of print but It offers biographies on both British and American airmen. Ed put many unheralded hours fact checking, writing, editing, and publication. He has agreed to allow us to use material from that book in this section and his cooperation is greatly appreciated. From his book we’ll also tell you about the real hero’s, those who paid the supreme sacrifice for Berlins freedom. Check this Biography section often and read about some great people, your fellow BAVA members and maybe you.
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Chuck Childs – President of BAVA
Chuck Childs (Lt. Col. USAF, Ret.) of Rapid City SD was elected President of the Berlin Airlift Veterans Association at the reunion at Montgomery AL in September 2013. Childs retired from Ellsworth Air Force base SD in 1961 after a long career.
During WWII he was a B-17 Pilot in the 2nd Bomb Group, 15th Air Force out of Italy. He flew 37 combat missions and was the Pilot for 30 of those missions. After the war he flew the Berlin airlift and then followed by flying the C-119 cargo plane supporting ground troops during the Korean War. He was the recipient of seven air medals and the Distinguished
1954 Topps Scoop # 61 Berlin Airlift Begins (Card) Dean's Cards 3 - VG
Entertainment Memorabilia (Topps Scoop)
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