Charles served from February 24, 1941 to October 22, 1945. He received training on the job and was located with the 118th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron in Gushkara and Chakulia, India and in Chengkung, Kweilin, Liuchow, and Suichuan China. He was selected for officer candidate school and returned to the states in April 1945.
Upon returning home to Connecticut after the war, he was employed by Pratt and Whitney Aircraft. He worked in the Engine Test Flight Department for thirty-two years and retired in 1977.