Charles W. Gilmore was born on June 4, 1915 in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. He was the son of Earl Chancey Gilmore and Pearl Eleanor Nourse Gilmore. Charles served in the 83rd Troop Squadron, 437th Troop Carrier Group as a First Lieutenant and Pilot of the C-47 #42-100801 "Picadilly Filly" during World War II.
On September 17, 1944, the C-47 was towing a glider during Operation Market Garden en route to Eindhoven, Netherlands when the no. 2 engine was hit by flak. The glider was released and the C-47 crashed out of control killing all four crew members. 1LT Gilmore is bureid in the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA. Together in the same grave are 1LT Gilmore, SSGT Golden, 1LT Peterson, SSGT Rice, and 2LT Thomas.
Crew of C-47 #42-100801 "Picadilly Filly":
Charles Gilmore - Pilot
Robert Thomas - Co-Pilot
William Golden - Radio Operator
Guy Difalco - Flight Engineer
Source of information: www.abmc.gov, www.americanairmuseum.com