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Charles W. Aiken collection

 Collection — Box: Single Folder Collections - 2004 Box, Folder: 04.0304 - Folder 1
Identifier: 02.04.0304

Content Description

This collection relates to Charles Aiken who served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in the European Theater of Operation during World War Two. This collection contains a newspaper clipping and an oral history transcript.


  • Date accessioned: 2005-01-19
  • Majority of material found within 1943-1945


Language of Materials

English .

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish, exhibit, or broadcast works from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience must be requested and granted in writing by the director of the Institute. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Institute on World War II as the owner of the physical items and the copyright holder. Possession of a copy of an item does not constitute permission to publish, exhibit, or broadcast it. The Institute on World War II and the Human Experience reserves the right to refuse permission to individuals and publishers who have not complied with its policies. Permission fees must be paid before images are provided. Please contact the director of the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience for current publication and duplication rates.

Biographical / Historical

Charles William Aiken was born on October 18, 1920 in Pelzer, South Carolina. He served in the 9th U.S. Air Force division, 644th Bomb Squadron, and 410th Bomb Group in the European Theater of Operation during World War II. He served in France and Germany and flew 38 missions over Austria, Germany, and Czechoslovakia. His squadron received the Presidential Unit Citation. He returned to the U.S. in 1945 and started the Aiken Brother's Automotive Supply and Aiken Chemical Company in Greenville, South Carolina. In 1959, he established Boys of America Home (later called Boys Home of the South) for boys who had been abandoned, neglected, abused, or orphaned. Charles Aiken passed away on March 4, 2006 at the age of 85. He is buried at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Greenville, South Carolina.


1 folders (1 folder)


Charles W. Aiken collection 02.04.0304
Beatrice Dain
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Repository Details

Part of the Institute on WWII and the Human Experience Repository

Tallahassee FL 32306 US