Photograph of airmail pilot William Carroll

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    Date: c. 1921

    Object number: A.2009-22

    Medium: paper; photo-emulsion

    Description: William Carroll began flying for the Post Office Department on August 7, 1920. On October 16, 1920, he was transferred to a newly created airmail line connecting Chicago, llinois and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Carroll was piloting a Junkers JL-6 aircraft with fellow airmail pilot Hiram H. Rowe and mechanic Robert B. Hill on board. Carroll was taking the pair on a path-finding tour of the route on February 9, 1921 when tragedy struck. Witnesses reported hearing an explosion and watching in horror as the airplane burst into flames and dived into the ground. All three men were killed in the crash. National Postal Museum, Curatorial Photographic Collection Photographer: Unknown

    Place: United States of America

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    Credit line: National Postal Museum, Curatorial Photographic Collection

    Photographer: Unknown

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    Repository:National Postal Museum

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    1. sakraft1 66 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Goggles, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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