Charles “Bean Patch” Wigham enlisted on 13-NOV 1942 and became a Naval aviator. It is likely his experience working for Vega Aircraft provided background qualifying him to become an aviator. As an aviator, he flew a number of airplanes during World War II. Charles served on the SS Independence (CVL-22).

For the rest of Charles Wigham’s story, click on the pdf.

Charlie crashed in a soybean field near Lindbergh and Natural Bridge Road in St. Louis County
Charlie is second from left in back row. The airplane is a TBF/M Avenger.

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