Saturday, October 16, 2021

3. World War II, Charles Becomes a Pilot, 1940 MS

Searching through has led me to many interesting discoveries related to our family. Charles Brumfield appears in several newspaper articles. I will be sharing 5 posts about this young man, in the order they appeared in the 
newspaper: 1. Lost in a Swamp; 2. His Wedding & Happy times; 3. World War II; 4. A tragic Crash, 5. A Memorial. 

3. World War II 

Charles wanted to fly. These newspaper articles tell us when he earned his flight certificate in 1940 & give us some details of his time in the US Army Air Corps in 1943. These articles about flying are a foreshadowing of what was to come.


Charles Edgar Brumfield, Jr.

18 December 1918 MS – 10 February 1944

Son of Charles Edgar Brumfield & Katie Leona Freeman

Husband of Virginia Rawls


C. E. Brumfield Jr. Receives Private Flying Certificate


Magnolia. Charles E. Brumfield Jr., Millsaps college student, was the first of a group of 19 flying students at Millsaps and Hinds Junior college to receive a private certificate in the government sponsored air training program.


Brumfield was also the first student of the two groups to make a solo flight.


His test for a private flying certificate, which will allow him to carry passengers on a non-commercial basis, was given by an inspector for the Civil Aeronautics Authority. Training was conducted by Mississippi Airways.


Young Brumfield is a graduate of Magnolia high school and during his boyhood lived here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Brumfield Sr. He is a brother of Mrs. W. A. Bilbo of Magnolia.


Source: C. E. Brumfield Jr. Receives Private Flying Certificate. (McComb, MS: Enterprise – Journal, 9 May 1940) 1; digital image, accessed May 2021.



Mississippians at War


Lieutenant Charles E. Brumfield, Jr., of the 4thFerrying Group, Air Transport Command, Memphis, is just back from his first ferry trip across – to Africa.


He got a distinct thrill from flying across the Atlantic and going through and over so many foreign places. Considerable excitement was added to the trip by his being bombed at two stops. He had to get out in ditches.


He and his crew participated in plenty of “action” against flies, fleas and all sorts of crawling things. The flies according to Lt. Brumfield are the kind that don’t “scare” and have to be “picked” off the food.


Brumfield found that our boys are getting along fine everywhere he went in spite of hardships, lessening food supplies and much homesickness. But they are plenty mad about the strikes over here. They can’t understand the attitude of the home front in allowing these strikes, and not stringing up John L. Lewis.


Lt. Brumfield just spent a short furlough at home with his wife and children and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Brumfield, Sr., North State Street. 



Source: Mississippians at War. (Jackson, MS: Clarion – Ledger, 25 June 1943) 10; digital image, accessed May 2021.

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