Canton, MA. – October 13, 1942

Canton, Massachusetts – October 13, 1942


Curtis P-40 Aircraft
U. S. Army Air Corps Photo

     On October 13, 1942, Staff Sergeant Watkins Mayo, (19), of Tulia, Texas, was piloting a Curtis P-40F, (Ser. No. 41-14099), over the area of Canton, Massachusetts, on an authorized aerobatic training flight.  He was observed making loops and rolls over the (now defunct) Boston Municipal Airport in Canton.  The airport was located on the northeast side of Neponset Street, just southeast of the Neponset River.  It was while he was practicing aerobatics that his plane crashed and burned in a wooded area near the airport.   

     S/Sgt. Mayo was assigned to the 317th Fighter Squadron.

     S/Sgt. Mayo is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, Tulia, Texas.


     The Waterbury Democrat, “Cause Of Crash”, October 14, 1942, page 2. 

     Book, “Fatal Army Air Forces Aviation Accidents In The United States, 1941-1945”, By Anthony J. Mireles, C. 2006

Canton, MA. – March 2, 1975

Canton, Massachusetts – March 2, 1975

     At about noon time on March 2, 1975, a Cessna 182 with four men aboard left Norwood Airport for an aerial tour of the Boston area.  About fifteen minutes into the flight the aircraft developed engine trouble and crashed on the property of the Blue Hills Country Club in Canton.  All aboard sustained serious injuries. Two passengers were taken to Norwood Hospital, while the pilot and the other passenger were transported to Carney Hospital in Boston.


     Providence Evening Bulletin, “Four Men Hurt In Plane Crash On Golf Course”, March 3, 1975, page A-5      

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