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This is Mayfield R. Shilling (16 Jul 1918 – 28 Jul 1997), U.S. Army Air Corps, of Texas. He was a pilot, operations officer, and air leader in the 838th Bomb Squadron of the 487th Bomb Group (Heavy), based at Army Air Forces Station 137, Lavenham, Suffolk, England, in 1944–1945. On the 8th Air Force mission of December 24, 1944, he was the Deputy Air Leader of the 487th Bomb Group, flying with the crew of Lt John H. Edwards in B-17G 44-8021. The Air Leader was Brig Gen Frederick W. Castle, who flew with the crew of Lt Robert W. Harriman in B-17G 44-8444. Captain Shilling took over the lead of the 487th Bomb Group after General Castle was shot down with Lt Harriman’s crew (Missing Air Crew Report 11552). Captain Shilling was later promoted to Major. After the war he lived at Kerrville, Texas, where he was employed by Ideal Basic Industries. He was also an interim Chairman of the Board of the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad. He died at Kerrville, Texas, and is buried at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Mayfiled Shilling, Houston, Texas.'

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Mayfield Shilling of the 487th Bomb Group. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Mayfiled Shilling, Houston, Texas.'

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  • 487th Bomb Group

    487th Bomb Group

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    The 487th Bomb Group began operations as preparations for D-Day were reaching their crescendo and played their part by bombing airfields in northern France. Like the 486th Bomb Group, the 487th switched to B-17 Flying Fortress for missions from 1...

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  • Mayfield Shilling

    Military | Major | Air Leader
    Mayfield R. Shilling (16 Jul 1918 – 28 Jul 1997), U.S. Army Air Corps, of Texas. He was a pilot, operations officer, and air leader in the 838th Bomb Squadron of the 487th Bomb Group (Heavy), based at Army Air Forces Station 137, Lavenham, Suffolk,...

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Date Contributor Update
10 April 2015 21:29:39 PaulWebber Changes to caption
Sources

1. de Jong, Ivo. 'The History of the 487th Bomb Group (H)'. Paducah KY: Turner Publishing, Oct 2004
2. Obituary of Mayfield R. Shilling
3. Shilling, Margaret E. Personal conversation. 23 May 2009
4. U.S. Veterans Administration. Nationwide Gravesite Locator

Date Contributor Update
16 October 2014 15:47:21 PhillWray Changes to caption and person associations
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Person associated from Freeman Collection image caption information.

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:18:08 AAM AAM ingest
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IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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