M.237 *  First Officer  Franklyn Rule Mershon Jr 

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  b. 28 Apr 1915, Princetown NJ 26 Sep 1940 to 25 Oct 1941

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 Operated a seaplane base at Belmar NJ during the summer months of 1938

m. 1941 Mary Bernadine [Crayfield] in Nottingham (b. 1919 in Hampstead, she subsequently married Robert A Bradley in Los Angeles, CA in 1946; he was 41, and it was his 4th marriage)

 Lived in Thornton, CA in 1948

Crop-dusting in Napa Valley in April 1951, he (and Westaire Service, who owned the plane) were fined $27,000 for damages to a neighbouring vineyard caused by drifting 2-4-D spray.

d. 23 Jul 1975 when his crop-dusting plane hit power lines and crashed into the Ulatis Creek Canal near Elmira,  CA

 

 

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