In 1942 Chuck Love, still in his teens, answered his country's call and joined the US Air Force. After surviving the rigors of basic training and aptitude testing, his wish to follow his brother's wartime career path was granted when he was chosen to train as a bombardier. Classes which followed included: learning about weather, physics, and above all, the intricacies of operating the famous Norden Bombsight.
As the need for bombardiers in the European Theatre was urgent, Chuck soon found himself stationed in Italy and ready to go on active duty, flying B-24 bombing missions deep into Germany and Austria. The extreme altitude at which the flights operated meant oxygen masks and heated underwear were essential, as the planes flew in echelon formation for concentrated attacks on the enemy. While facing the dangers of German rockets and anti-aircraft "flak," a bombardier had to remain focused on his target, release his bombs at the proper intervals, while using the bombsight to control the plane. In 1944 Chuck was promoted to the rank of First Lieutenant, and soon after had the rare experience of being loaned as bombardier to a P-38 squadron.