460th BG patch 460th Bombardment Group (H) 460th BG tail

Charles Albert Remlinger

760th Squadron, 460th Bomb Group

Remlinger crew

Courtesy of John Allen

Back Row L-R: Robert Lee Sprinkle (TG); T.J. Moreland (BTG); C.P Creason (G); L.D. Swoap (G); J. Ourednik (RO); R.N. Lane (E)

Front Row L-R: Lucius Smith, Jr. (N); Samuel M. Goldhagen (B); B.J. Trice (CP); C.A. Remlinger (P)

Charles A. Remlinger

Courtesy of Mike Weber

Charles A. Remlinger (P) in 1937 graduation photo.


Courtesy of Mike Weber

42-94968, B-24H-20-FO, RC#I, J. Annie G. with enlisted men.


Courtesy of Mike Weber

42-94968, B-24H-20-FO, RC#I, J. Annie G.

The July 19, 1944 mission was to the Allach Aircraft Engine Factory at Munich.  It was a very tough mission with heavy losses, including Remlinger's aircraft and some crew.  34 aircraft from the 460th were dispatched to join the formation.  Some aircraft in the formation dropped short of the target when the lead aircraft salvoed some of its bombs early to shed weight.  Other aircraft found the target obscured, though I think some did drop bombs, and proceeded to alternate targets, such as the Munich Marshalling yards (also obscured) and the Trieste Oil Stores.  Trieste was bombed.  Remlinger talked about having to make three passes over the target before dropping.

Lt. Goldhagen was in aircraft no. 42-94968, call sign "Blue I for Ida" named "J. Annie G".  This aircraft was more known as pilot Keith Mason's aircraft, named for his then girlfriend, subsequent wife, Jean Ann Gleisner, but Charles Remlinger had it that day.  Goldhagen bailed out over the Munich area along with Roland J. Croteau and Lucius Smith.  They were all captured. Goldhagen severely broke his leg in landing, supposedly hitting a tree and causing multiple fractures to his leg.  Other crew members stayed aboard until northern Italy before they bailed.  Two were captured and the others evaded and were returned to duty July 31, 1944.  J. Annie G. was replace with J. Annie G. II.

Private Goldhagen

Courtesy of Mike Weber

Private Goldhagen, later Lt. Samuel M. Goldhagen (B)

Trying it out - Private Samuel M. Goldhagen tests the pen that President Roosevelt used to sign joint resolution extending military service.

If Samuel M. Goldhagen, 23, of Cincinati, Ohio has to devote more than a year of his life to the Army, he can blame it on the plastic pen which arrived in the mail from the White House.

It's the writing implement that President Rossevelt used to sign the joint resolution extending the military service of draftees.  Goldhagen, who says he is not ordinarily a souvenir collector, declares he "got the inspiration" to request the pen on Aug. 13 and sent a letter from his barracks to the President.

The White House package contained not only the pen but also a message from Brig. Gen. Edwin M. Watson, one of Roosevelt's secretaries who wrote, "In accordance with your wish, I have much pleasure in sending you the pen used by the President on Aug. 18 in signing the joint resolution to extend the period of service of persons in military service and for other services."

The soldier, enrolled in the cooks' and mess sargeants' school at Camp Callan, now is looking for a frame of suitable size in which to inclose both note and pen.

In researching Lt. Goldhagen, Mike Weber wrote:

"MACR 6918.  Remlinger crew.  Shot down July 19, 1944. Goldhagen died April 1945.  He had been captured and was a POW.  He had broken his leg when he landed in a tree while parachuting.  He spent time in the German hospital in or near Munich.  The MACR indicates he probably died as a result of the wounds in the hospital.  Transcript of an interview with pilot Charles A. Remlinger indicates that Remlinger believes that Goldhagen may have died when being marched from a stalag in advance of Allied approach.  Remlinger's thought is that during evacuation by Germans he was unable to keep up on the March due to his leg injury and was left to die or was killed by the Germans.  NARA records do show he was a POW at Stalag Luft 3 Sagan-Silesia Bavari and moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser.  The article above is about Samuel having requested and received the pen President Roosevelt used to sign the legislation extended the draft."