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Archive Report: US Forces
1941 - 1945

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16.04.1945 No. 66th Fighter Squadron, P-47D 44-21024 "Miss Frances VI" 1st Lt. Charles W. Mayberry

Operation: Engine Test

Date: 16th April 1945 (Monday)

Unit: No. 66th Fighter Squadron, 57th Fighter Group

Type: P47D Thunderbolt

Serial: 44-21024 "Miss Frances VI"

Code: 96

Base: Grosseto Main, Italy

Location: Highway 1 between Grosseto and Orbetello Italy

Pilot: 1st Lt. Charles William Mayberry 0-714494 USAAF Age 24. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Slow-timing new engine - when it crashed at 09:45 hrs on Monday 16th April. No further information - are you able to assist?

Left: Newspaper article regarding the name of his aircraft "Kitten'. (see photo above)

Burial details:

1st Lt. Charles William Mayberry. Florence American Cemetery and Memorial, Florence, Italy Plot H.8.10. Son of Mr and Mrs Charles Mayberry - no further details - are you able to assist?

Researcher - Michel Beckers for Aircrew Remembered, August 2016, photographs Michel Beckers collection. Photographs of the pilot courtesy of William Mayberry and family - November 2017.

KTY 17.11.2017 - New photos added

Acknowledgments: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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