View Full Version : Eby,Barron,Weatherbee and Dyer, KIA June26th 1943. Anyone know their P47 markings?

09-26-2006, 02:59 PM
Just looking for serials and letters of the planes that these four pilots, first three from the 56th FG/ 61st FS and Dyer from 63rd, were using on June 26th 1943 when they were KIA.

Want to use them in the end titles of my film, but can't source the info.

Actually the guys over at the 56th FG helped me out with this one:

Captain Robert Wetherbee- 61st Sqdn (HV-W) P47C #41-6322

but can anyone help me with the others?

Thanks in advance, MP.

09-26-2006, 05:27 PM

09-26-2006, 06:26 PM
41-6534 P-47C 63rd UN-D Dyar Lt. Roger
Lost in this a/c 26 June 43 - KIA

Still searching for others at:

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/56thfg.php?action=list_r...next_page=1#tabletop (http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/56thfg.php?action=list_records&recs=50&sort_order=ASC&order_by=Pilot&recs=50&next_page=1#tabletop)

Photo of Weatherbee's P-47 here:

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/gallery.php?Group=56&Sty...mp=694&searchString= (http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/gallery.php?Group=56&Style=item&origStyle=list&Item=12&Temp=694&searchString=)

09-26-2006, 11:06 PM
About all I could find... not much.

Louis T. Barron

P-47 Database The P-47C-2-RE aircraft Louis T. Barron crash landed on April 19, 1943, serial # 41-6237, was named "The Idaho Spud".


Link to Account of the Battle: http://www.rootsweb.com/~kscomanc/barron_louis.html (http://www.rootsweb.com/%7Ekscomanc/barron_louis.html)

http://www.rootsweb.com/~kscomanc/barron_louis.html (http://www.rootsweb.com/%7Ekscomanc/barron_louis.html)

Merle C. Eby


Link: http://www.co.kane.il.us/veterans/worldWarII.pdf#search...ERLE%20C%20EBY%20%22 (http://www.co.kane.il.us/veterans/worldWarII.pdf#search=%22MERLE%20C%20EBY%20%22)

Capt. Robert Wetherbee in P-47C 41-6322 HV-W "Little Butch".


56th Fighter Group


61st Fighter Squadron


Code: HV Callsign: Keyworth (A Group)
Halsted (B Group)
to 22 April '44 then:
Whippet (A Group)
Household (B Group

link: http://www.web-birds.com/8th/56/61st/61st_squadron.htm

USAAF/USAF Aircraft Accidents in theUnited Kingdom and Ireland

1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948
1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955

Link: http://www.accident-report.com/UK/194304.html

09-27-2006, 12:42 AM
41-6395 P-47C 63 UN-D Dyar Lt. Roger B To 78 FG 84 FS

63rd Fighter Squadron


Code: UN Callsign: Postgate (A Group)
Northgrove (B Group) to 22 April '44 then:
Daily (A Group)
Yorker (B Group)

Accident Reports.com - USAAF Aircraft Accidents in the United Kingdom and Ireland

Link: http://www.accident-report.com/UK/194404.html

09-27-2006, 04:08 AM
Ok we now have:

Weatherbee HV-W 41-6322 "Little Butch"

Dyar UN- D 41-6534

Barron (most probable) HV-A 41-6237

Eby HV

So just Merle C. Eby letters and serial to go.

Thanks for the help so-far guys, cheers, MP.

09-27-2006, 06:40 AM
Couldn't find anything else on Eby... but I must add.

Again Thank's for all of those B-17 skin's!

09-28-2006, 06:47 AM

09-28-2006, 01:33 PM
Found this bit of info on Eby...

56th Fighter Group
On February 27, 1943,[Francis S. "Gabby" Gabreski] he rejoined the U.S. Eighth Air Force, assigned to Hub Zemke's 56th Fighter Group, flying P-47 Thunderbolts, then stationed at Kings Cliffe airfield. Two things struck him: 1) the immensity of the P-47, a huge fighter with a 40 foot wingspan, and 2) the obvious military bearing of the 56th FG personnel, the influence of Hub Zemke. Capt. Gabreski was assigned to the 61st Squadron, commanded by Major Loren G. "Mac" McCollom. The squadron pilots had all been through training together, and regarded Gabreski, a Captain yet, as a bit of an outsider.

*Merle Eby introduced him to the P-47 and showed him its operation, especially the turbocharger that required careful monitoring.*

Despite its size, the P-47 was a nice handling plane, with the smooth roar of its big radial engine. Its climb performance wasn't much; but it had outstanding roll and spectacular dive speed. Gabby liked its efficient cockpit heating system and its eight .50 caliber machine guns.

Link: http://www.acepilots.com/usaaf_gabby.html

Also found this... A search for the Missing Air Crew Report for Louis T. Barron at www.armyairforces.com (http://www.armyairforces.com) by date, 06/26/1943, reveals that five P-47's from Fighter Group 56 crashed that day, but no MACR numbers or serial numbers are given. Apparently no MACR was filed for them.