|Birth: ||Apr. 26, 1913|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Jan. 10, 1958, Bahamas|
Palmyra Courier-Journal (NY) -- Thursday, January 16, 1958
Airplane Crash Fatal To Native Palmyran
William O. Mason, 44, native Palmyran, was killed in the crash of his two-engine amphibian plane off the coast of Bimini Island in the Bahamas on Friday, January 10, 1958 at 11:00 p.m.
The body of Mr. Mason was found in about fifty feet of water on Saturday, January 11, 1958, the Associated Press reported.
Mr. Mason was believed to have been alone in his plane when it plummeted into the water about a mile off shore after a takeoff from the island Friday evening. The Associated Press said there was no indication of the cause of the crash.
Mr. Mason was the operator of the Island Airways at Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., offering charter service to the Bahamas. He had lived in Florida for the last four years.
Mr. Mason attended grade school in Palmyra and was graduated from Palmyra High School.
A pilot for about twenty years, Mr. Mason had taken his first flying lessons from his late older brother, Henry, and his advanced flight instruction at the Hylan Flying Service, Rochester.
During World War Two, Mr. Mason was flight captain of a crew sent by the Rubber Development Corporation, a U.S. Government agency, to South America. The President of Brazil bestowed the South Cross and the Degree of Knight on October 3, 1945 for his services in locating rubber in the Amazon regions.
Later in the war, Mr. Mason became an inspector for the Civil Aeronautics Administration's Flight Training Program.
Following the war, he was employed by his brother, Henry, who operated private air services in Newark and Geneva. His brother, Henry, passed away a little over a year ago.
Before going to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Mr. Mason was employed by the Hylan Flying Service, Rochester, for about eighteen months. He is survived by his wife, Catherine, and two daughters, Nancy Ann and Mrs. Robert Diaz, all of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry G. Mason, and one sister, Miss Marjorie Mason, all of Palmyra; one brother, Salem Mason of Leonia, New Jersey; and several nieces and nephews.
Following services in Fort Lauderdale, Mr. Mason's body was sent to Palmyra. Friends were invited to call at the Cady & Mate Funeral Home, 122 Cuyler Street, Palmyra, after 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday morning. Rev. Arden W. Coe, Pastor of the Wester Presbyterian Church, Palmyra, will officiate at services in the funeral home today, Thursday, at 2:00 p.m. Interment will be in Palmyra Cemetery.
Mary E. Tuttle Mason (1916 - 1944)
Kathryn Hickey Mason (1918 - 1984)*
New York, USA
Plot: Section F, Lot 5
Created by: Chris Foran
Record added: Feb 23, 2012
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