Charles Wilson Wattenbarger
Born 1916, Tennessee
Died 1 July 1944
Charles W. Wattenbarger is commemorated at the North Africa American Cemetery, Carthage, Tunisia.
From: Commander Bombing Squadron 132.
A detachment of this squadron is temporarily based ashore at U.S. Naval Air Station, Port Lyautey, French Morocco. Composition: 51 officers and 65 enlisted men on permanent order, 2 officers and 79 enlisted men on temporary order comprising Airplane Service Group, and 15 PV-1 aircraft including Bureau Number 34789.
Operational missions flown as ordered by Commander Fleet Air Wing Fifteen and Air Group Commander, Agadir.
July 1 – While conducting an authorized and scheduled gunnery training flight on a sleeve target by a utility plane, PV-1 aircraft, Bureau Number 34789, of this squadron, crashed into the sea twenty miles northwest of the U.S. Naval Air Station Port Lyautey, French Marocco, at 1100 Able. Killed in the crash were the pilot, Ensign Louie Horton Hatchett, of Huntsville, Alabama, Enisn Charles Wilson Wattenbarger, of Everett, Washington and the crew, consisting of Rae Kell Johnson, Aviation Machinist´s Mate, second class, of Minneapolis, Wisconsin; Robert Franklin Diamond, Aviation Radioman, First Class of Pensacola, Florida; Percy Roland Sivits, Aviation Ordnanceman, second Class, of North Platte, Nebraska, all of the permanent squadron personnel. None of the bodies were recovered, nor was the plane, which was observed to explode when it hit the water, although a surface vessel arrived at the scene twenty minutes after the crash. Sivits had been with the squadron since shortly after it was commissioned. Ensign Hatchett and Diomond joined the squadron shortly before it left the United States for Africa, and Ensign Watterbarger and Johnson reported since the squadron arrived in Africa.
Husband of Marcella Roberta Wattenbarger
North Africa American Cemetery