TSgt. Charles T. Goulding was accounted for by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. Project Recover located his downed B-24 in January 2004 and is honored to play a vital role in his repatriation.
Project Recover humbly acknowledges TSgt. Goulding’s service and sacrifice and the enduring loss to his family. We are grateful and honored to play a vital role in bringing him home. The repatriation of TSgt. Goulding helps resolve generational grief and awaken us to gratitude, hope, love, and unity. This is the legacy of our MIAs and their final mission.
Keeping America’s Promise to bring our MIAs home is a mission for every American.
TSgt. Charles T. Goulding
TSgt. Charles T. Goulding, 21, was a radio engineer on a B-24 with the tail number ending in ‘453, piloted by 2nd Lt. Jack S. M. Arnett, The B-24 was shot down on September 1, 1944, on a bombing mission over Palau.
Project Recover located the downed aircraft on January 26, 2004, after a 10-year search. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) repatriated eight MIAs. TSgt. Charles T. Goulding was among them.
TSgt. Goulding was interred in Arlington National Cemetery with his repatriated crewmates. TSgt. Goulding was from Westbury, NY. He was survived by his parents and wife.
Three crew members were not recovered from the B-24. They parachuted from the aircraft and then were captured and executed by enemy forces. They remain MIA.
The plane is featured in a painting by Mark Pestana, entitled Mission Palau. The story of the search and recovery was featured in the book, Vanished: The Sixty-Year Search for the Missing Men of World War II by Wil S. Hylton.