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

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