Wells, ME. – August 5, 1948

Wells, Maine – August 5, 1948


P-51 Mustang – U.S. Air Force Photo

     On August 5, 1948, a flight of four F-51 Mustang fighter planes took off from Grenier Field in Manchester, New Hampshire, for a formation training flight.  All were part of the 82nd Fighter Group stationed at Grenier.

     While passing over Wells, Maine, one of the aircraft fell out of formation and crashed in a wooded area near Berwick Road.  The pilot, First Lieutenant Charles J. Murry, (26), was killed.   

     The cause of the accident wasn’t stated in the press. 

     Lieutenant Murry had served as a fighter pilot in the Pacific Theater during WWII and flew 73 combat missions. He was survived by his wife and 1-year-old son.  He’s buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Saint Mary’s, Kansas. 

     To view a photo of his grave click here: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/148033267/charles-joseph-murry     

     The F-51 Mustang was formerly known as the P-51.  The designation was changed in 1947. 


     The Nashua Telegraph, “Lt. Murry Dies As Fighter Plane Goes Into Dive”, August 6, 1948, page 1. 


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