Charles Ross Greening

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Charles Ross Greening
Born (1914-11-12)November 12, 1914
Carroll, Iowa
Died March 29, 1957(1957-03-29) (aged 42)
Bethesda, Maryland
Buried at Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance United States
Service/branch Army Air Force
Years of service 1936–1955
Rank Colonel
Notable missions Doolittle Raid
Spouse(s) Dorothy Greening

Colonel Charles Ross Greening was one of the Doolittle Raiders and an artist. He received a bachelor's degree from Washington State College of Fine Arts in 1936, entered the military on June 23, 1936 at Fort Lewis, Washington and graduated from advanced flying school at Kelly Field, Texas on June 9, 1937.

In July 1943, Greening was shot down over Italy. He evaded capture until 1944, after which he was held at the Stalag Luft I POW camp for the duration of the war.

Born on November 12, 1914 in Carroll, Iowa, Charles Ross Greening was an accomplished pilot and artist, as well as one of the 73 men out of the crew of 80 to make it back home to his family.

After the Doolittle raid, many of the men went back to the war, 13 of whom died in combat.


Charles Ross Greening married Dorothy "Dot" Watson (1912-2003) in 1935. They had two children, both boys. After Charles died in 1957, Dorothy continued to publish his memoir, Not as Briefed with the help of Charles' sister, Shirley Greening Morgan, and her daughter (his niece), Karen Morgan Driscoll.