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Remembering Chuck Childs

Chuck Childs in his B-17 "Gravel Gertie"

In The Moment ... October 28, 2019 Show 688 Hour 1

For 59 years Chuck and Grace Childs made Rapid City their home before moving to Minnesota in 2017. Chuck Childs died Sunday in Tracy, Minnesota at the age of 99.

As a young man, Chuck Childs, more than once, earned the Distinguished Flying Cross for missions he flew during World War II in a B-17 Flying Fortress. Childs, along with other pilots, also flew over Berlin and dropped candy bars and gum to children waiting below. The pilots would "wiggle" their wings to let the children know that the goodies were coming down by parachute.

Childs met with members of the SDPB staff on several ocassions to share his stories.