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PFC Newton P Weathersby, Jr

PFC Newton P Weathersby, Jr

Birth
District Of Columbia, USA
Death 6 Jun 1944 (aged 19–20)
France
Burial Colleville-sur-Mer, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France
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Memorial ID 56651257 · View Source
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Newton served as a Private First Class, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, U.S. Army during World War II.

He resided in the District Of Columbia prior to the war. He enlisted in the Army on September 16, 1942 in Washington, D.C. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Machinist's apprentice and also as Single, without dependents.

Newton was a passenger on C-47A #42-100733, 96th Squadron, 440th Troop Carrier Group, U.S. Army Air Force.

Their C-47 departed the airdrome at Exeter, Devon, England with four crew and nineteen members of the 3rd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry, 101st Airborne Division on the opening day of Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of Normandy to retake German-occupied France.

After an unsuccessful pass over the designated drop field, the aircraft began to head back out over the coast. Lt. Johnston of the 3rd Battalion told the pilot to turn back. He then made his jump. In doing so, he witnessed the transport come under intense, concentrated machine gun fire from the Germans. How many of the paratroopers jumped before the C-47 crashed is uncertain.

Newton was declared "Missing In Action" in the above crash during the D-Day invasion in France during the war.

He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.

Service # 13106168

Bio by: Russell S. "Russ" Pickett

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Air Crew who perished on C-47A #42-100733:

Bellinghausen, William F ~ Corp, Radio Operator, CA
Lumsden, Harry N, Jr ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, NY
Margotto, Albert T ~ S/Sgt, Crew Chief, WI
Zeuner, William H ~ 2nd Lt, Pilot, PA

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Paratrooper who perished on C-47A #42-100733:

Bryan, Keith K ~ Pvt, Iowa
Burg, Harry L, Jr ~ Pfc, Ohio
Fernandex, George V ~ Pvt, New York
Finder, Edwin ~ Pvt, Nebraska
Hawkins, Jesse M ~ Pvt, Mississippi
Hinson, Bryant L ~ Pfc, Mississippi
Japhet, James H ~ S/Sgt, Texas
Karalunas, George J ~ Pvt, Michigan
Kinzy, Robert C ~ Pvt, Ohio
Manlove, Beverly J ~ Sgt, Kansas
Mezo, Roy ~ Pvt, Illinois
Poynter, Alvin ~ Pfc, Kentucky
Smith, Christopher C ~ Pfc, New York
Turkovich, Victor A ~ Sgt, New York
Weathersby, Newton P ~ Pfc, D.C.

Paratrooper who survived from C-47A #42-100733:

2nd Lt. Floyd R. Johnston (survived)
Pvt. Raymond L. Crouch (survived)
Pvt. Leonard S. Goodgal (survived)

Crew & Paratroopers listing by: Tim Cook

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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56651257
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for PFC Newton P Weathersby, Jr (1924–6 Jun 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56651257, citing Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, Colleville-sur-Mer, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .