Tuskegee Airman Captain Charles L. White
On 1 April 1945 during a mission to escort B-24s of the 47th Bombardment Wing on a raid to the St. Polten marshalling yards seven members of the 301st Fighter Squadron shot down 12 enemy aeroplanes. Pilots scoring kills were 1st Lt Harry T. Stewart, 3 FW-190s, 1st Lt. Charles L. White, 2 Me-109s, 2d Lt Carl E. Carey, 2 FW-190s, 2d Lt John E. Edwards, 2 Me-109s, 2d Lts Walter P. Manning and Harold M. Morris, each shot down one FW-190, and Flight Officer James H. Fisher, who shot down another FW-190. Two of the 332d Fighter Group P-51 pilots were reported missing: 2d Lt. Walter P. Manning and Flight Officer William P. Armstrong, both of the 301st Fighter Squadron, at 1400 over Wels, Austria, after encountering enemy aircraft. For their heroic actions on this date, 1st Lt. Charles L. White, 1st Lt. John E. Edwards, 1st Lt. Harry T. Stewart Jr., and 2nd Lt. Carl E. Carey, all of the 301st Fighter Squadron, each earned a Distinguished Flying Cross.
White received a battlefield promotion to Captain. His decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with seven oak clusters for meritorious achievement and seven Bronze Stars. After returning to the States following WWII Charles worked for 42 years in the St. Louis Public School System. He died on 25 February 2007.
Open Edition Canvas Giclée Print. Image size: 18"x10"
This painting is one part of a quadriptych featuring one plane of each of the four squadrons which made up the all black 332nd Fighter Group- the famed Tuskegee Airmen. "Creamer's Dream" was a P-51D assigned to Lt. Charles White of the 301st FS, 332nd FG in 1945. White is credited with two victories scored during the big April Fool's dogfight on 1 April 1945.