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My sole resource for pilot Berry is the Sunday Star, Washington, DC November 27, 1932.


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Pilot Berry visited Tucson once between September 29th and October 1, 1931. He was carrying a passenger named Ernest Spear, enroute from San Diego, CA to Battle Creek, MI flying a Fleet, NC788V. This link will get you a PDF file of an article that appeared in the March, 2004 issue of "Vintage Aviation" published by the Experimental Aircraft Association.

NC788V, Today

At left is an image from the second link above of NC788V. I have no images of pilot Berry, his passenger, or fiancee (below).

His itinerary to Battle Creek makes sense. The Washington Sunday Star of November 27, 1932 headlines, "PILOT TO WED ACTRESS." The article goes on to say, "Paul A. Berry and Helen Butterfield Get Marriage License".

Datelined Yuma, AZ, the article states further, "Helen Butterfield of Battle Creek, Mich., who recently has been doing motion picture work in Hollywood, and Paul A. Berry, transport pilot, also of Battle Creek, obtained a marriage license here this afternoon. They said they would be married by Justice of the Peace Earl A. Freeman later in the day. Miss Butterfield is the daughter of W.S. Butterfield, Eastern owner of a theater chain. Berry is an official of the A.B. Stove Works of Battle Creek."


Dossier 2.1.48


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I'm looking for information on pilot Berry, his passenger Ernest Spear, or his fiancee Helen Butterfield. I'm also looking for contemporary images of NC788V. If you can help, please let me know through this FORM.


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