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Bazooka Charlie: The Unbelievable Story of Major Charles Carpenter and Rosie the Rocketer by James P. Busha and Carol (Carpenter) Apacki is one of our most exciting releases for 2023. The book will be available very soon, and later this summer the authors will be appearing alongside “Rosie” for a very special book signing. Below is a press release from the Experimental Aircraft Association announcing the event:

World War II veteran ‘Rosie the Rocketer’ Piper L-4 joining Warbirds display during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2023

Legendary exploits of Maj. “Bazooka Charlie” Carpenter part of appearance

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — (April 20, 2023) — A historic fabric covered Piper L-4 Cub, nicknamed  Rosie the Rocketer  which had some of the most fascinating exploits of any small aircraft during World War II, will be part of this year’s Warbirds display at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2023. The 70th edition of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s fly-in convention is July 24-30 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

The airplane became famous during the war when Maj. Charles Carpenter attached six bazookas to the aircraft and began attacking German tanks and armor while assigned to General Patton’s 3rd Army. “Bazooka Charlie,” as Carpenter became known, had documented armor kills while the aircraft was preserved with its original bullet holes and other battle scars. The aircraft was found in Austria in 2017 and restored to flying condition by Colin Powers in late 2020. It is currently owned by the Collings Foundation of Stow, Massachusetts.

“The further one explores the story of Rosie the Rocketer and Charles Carpenter, it’s obvious that this airplane behind the ‘urban legend’ will be truly appreciated at AirVenture,” said Jim Busha, EAA’s vice president of publications, who with Carpenter’s daughter, Carol Apacki, recently completed a book on the exploits of the pilot and aircraft titled Bazooka Charlie: The Unbelievable story of Major Charles Carpenter and Rosie the Rocketer. “While much deserved attention goes to the big bombers and fighter aircraft in the Warbirds area, an airplane such as this with a deep personal story attached will certainly be a highlight at Oshkosh this year.”

The experiences of Carpenter, a high school teacher and football coach turned wartime pilot, became acclaimed by journalists of the time, including by the Stars & Stripes military newspaper. He also overcame Hodgkin’s lymphoma as well as personal demons following his wartime service.

Apacki, Busha, and Rob Collings of the Collings Foundation are all scheduled to be in Oshkosh to talk about Carpenter and the aircraft. They will appear at various events, including a Warbirds in Review forum next to the famed aircraft. Exact times and locations of those appearances will be posted as they are finalized.

About EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” and EAA’s membership convention. Additional information, including advance ticket and camping purchase, is available at For more information on EAA and its programs, call 800-JOIN-EAA (800-564-6322) or visit Immediate news is available at


For more information on the event, check out the above links from EAA.
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