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Baseball's Greatest Sacrifice


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Those Who Died That Others Might Be Free

 

Charles Weatherby

 

Date and Place of Birth: circa 1920 St Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada

Died: April 11, 1944 Pierrecourt, France

Baseball Experience: Amateur
Position: First Base
Rank: Warrant Officer
Military Unit: 78 (RAF) Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force

Area Served: European Theater of Operations

 

Charles L Weatherby was born in St Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada in 1920. Weatherby played first base and right field with the local St Croixs team from 1937 to 1939. St Croixs won nine consecutive New Brunswick titles from 1931 to 1939, they also won seven Maritime championships and the team was inducted into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame in 1971.

 

Weatherby joined the Royal Canadian Air Force at the outbreak of the war and served as a Warrant Officer with 78 Squadron (RAF) at RAF Breighton in Yorkshire, England.

 

On April 11, 1944, Charles Weatherby was killed when his Handley Page Halifax III was shot down over Pierrecourt, France.


Charles Weatherby is buried at Poix-de-Picardie Cemetery at Somme, France.

 

 

 

 

 

The St Croixs team of St Stephen, New Brunswick in 1939.
A Handley-Page Halifax III. The type of airplane Charles Weatherby served in with 78 (RAF) Squadron.

 

Thanks to Kelly Ross, Curator/Exhibits Director of the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame and author/creator of the virtual exhibition, Hometown Sports Heroes of St Stephen, New Brunswick for help with this biography and photos.

 

Added April 9, 2007.

 

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