Thomas Nixon Charles was born in McMinn County but lived most of his life in Knox County. He was graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1929.
Observer on the B-17/Squadron Commander, 403rd Bomb Sqdn, 43rd Bomb Grp. MIA/KIA while following Japanese destroyers near Umboi Island, either Dampier Strait/Vitiaz Strait, New Guinea. All eleven crew lost and were MIA.
B-17F-25-BO Flying Fortress Serial Number 41-24546
Pilot 2nd Lt John E. Titus, O-435715 (MIA / KIA) IA
Observer Major Thomas N. Charles, O-277364 C. O., 403rd BS (MIA / KIA) FL
Crew 2nd Lt Randall O. Cotton, O-726194 (MIA / KIA) TX
Crew 2nd Lt John E. Titus, O-435715 (MIA / KIA) IA
Crew 2nd Lt Harry O. Davis, Jr., O-725056 (MIA / KIA) PA
Crew 2nd Lt James R. Ozanne, Jr., O-726014 (MIA / KIA) IL
Crew S/Sgt Merle L. Hartburg, 12024069 (MIA / KIA) NY
Crew Sgt Omar B. Benson, 18060281 (MIA / KIA) TX
Crew Sgt Alvin D. Futhey, 18052685 (MIA / KIA) OK
Crew Sgt Charles Goldsmith, 13046011 (MIA / KIA) PA
Crew Cpl Jay C. Asher, 17024475 (MIA / KIA) WY
Crew Cpl Richard J. Evans, 17038314 (MIA / KIA) NE
MIA November 29, 1942