Five O’Clock Charlie

Bumbling North Korean pilot who frequently tried to bomb the ammo dump near the 4077th and strafe or drop leaflets on the medical personnel of the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital everyday at 5’O’Clock on the military comedy M*A*S*H/CBS/1972-83.

Commenting on Charlie’s aerobatic inability’s Doctor Benjamin “Hawkeye” Pierce (Alan Alda) said “He couldn’t hit the side of a war!”

Later in the series a visiting General Crandell Clayton gave the 4077th an anti-aircraft gun to shoot down 5 O’Clock Charlie. Five O’Clock Charlie appeared on episode No. 26 “Five O’Clock Charlie” broadcast 9/22/1973.

See also – “Washing Machine Charlie”


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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