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Verner Keith Davidson



Units served with


  • MB946

    Supermarine Spitfire MB946 PR Mk XIT, Built at Chattis Hill. ...

  • MB950 'Upstairs Maid'

    Supermarine Spitfire MB950 PR Mk XIT, Built at Chattis Hill. ...

  • PA944

    Supermarine Spitfire PA944 PR Mk XI, Built at Chattis Hill Spitfire Factory. ...

Associated Place

  • Mount Farm

    Military site : airfield
    Originally a grass airfield satellite for the RAF Photographic Reconnaissance Unit at nearby RAF Benson, Mount Farm was built in 1940-1941. It had three concrete runways, 49 dispersals (24 concrete pan type plus 25 PSP squares), and eight blister...


Event Location Date
Born Grant, NE 22 February 1922

Son of Ford and Edith Emily [Plummer] Davidson.

Based Fresno AAF, CA 7 December 1941
Enlisted Roswell, NM 26 July 1942

Roswell, New Mexico

Died Fresno, CA 7 December 2013

Dave was born in 1922 in Grant, Nebraska and passed away December 7, 2013 in Fresno. He attended Doane College until joining the Army Air Corps in 1940 and was later stationed at Fresno Army Base (Hammer Field) on guard duty during the Pearl Harbor attack. As a “Flying Sergeant” during his pilot training in 1942, he later was commissioned and flew photo reconnaissance missions in P-38's and Spitfires in the European and Pacific Theaters. After the war he remained in the USAF active reserves until 1982 and achieved the rank of Lt Colonel.

He married Patricia Schelling and celebrated 64 years of marriage until her death in 2007. He was preceded in death by his parents Ford and Edith Davidson, his sister Althea Birchall and his daughter in law, Nancy Davidson.

He is survived by his brother, Hugh Davidson. He has two sons, Steve and Mark Davidson and daughter Cindy Kyle, four grandchildren, three great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. Several nieces nephews and cousins also survive.

Dave was a charter member of Fresno Sunrise Rotary Club of Fresno, a Paul Harris Fellow recipient and Rotary International Mission of Mercy participant providing much needed medical supplies to Eastern Europe. He also was a member of the aviator group Quiet Birdmen and formerly an avid tennis and golfer.

Services will be held at Easterby Presbyterian Church, 5136 E. Belmont Ave, Fresno on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.

Buried Exeter District Cemetery Exeter, Tulare County, CA 12 December 2013

Exeter District Cemetery
Exeter, Tulare County, California, USA


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19 June 2022 15:29:09 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, awards and events

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27 August 2020 01:43:49 466thHistorian Changes to highest rank, role, events and place associations

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27 September 2014 18:26:20 AAM AAM ingest

7th Photo Recon Group Master Directory, 6 June 1996 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia