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Newton Baker Davis Jr


Lt. Davis and his wing man, 2Lt. Harry J. Vibbert, Jr, departed their airfield at Bruchelle, France on an armed reconnaissance mission in the area of Argentan. At about 15:30 on August 13, 1944, they were flying at about 50 feet above ground strafing enemy targets. Lt. Vibbert was in trail position and noticed smoke coming from Lt. Davis's engine as they pulled up. At about 800 feet, Lt. Vibbert saw Lt. Davis climb out of the cockpit onto his wing. He noted that he saw no enemy ground fire and didn't know what caused the engine fire. Lt. Vibbert descended and circled the area but did not see Lt. Davis. He did see a parachute hanging on a tree in a hedgerow, though. As it turned out, Lt. Davis had been captured by German soldiers who killed him.


Units served with

  • 36th Fighter Group

    36th Fighter Group

    The Group, as the 36th Pursuit Group, were part of the defence force for the Caribbean area and the Panama Canal in 1941, flying P-39s and P-40s out of Puerto Rico. By May 1944 the 36th Fighter Group were flying their first missions out of England...

  • 22nd Fighter Squadron


Associated Place

  • Kingsnorth

    Military site : airfield
    Kingsnorth was used as an RAF Advanced Landing Ground in 1943, with temporary runways and buildings. It was then used by the Ninth Air Force as an Advanced Landing Ground 1944, and was in 1944 home briefly to the 36th Fighter Group.

  • Brucheville

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Born West Virginia, USA 1921
Lived in Berkeley County, WV, USA 1941
Enlisted Columbus, OH, USA 1 October 1941
Died 61600 Le Grais, France 13 August 1944

Shot after successfully bailing out of his P.47

Buried 1945

Plot I Row 1 Grave 12
Brittany American Cemetery


Date Contributor Update
13 July 2017 21:27:44 millebr Changes to biography and awards
Sources;; Global, Find A Grave Index

Date Contributor Update
24 July 2016 00:13:03 466thHistorian Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, suffix, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, events, unit associations and place associations