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Lieut George Howell Burgess

Lieut George Howell Burgess

Birth
Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Death 16 Oct 1925 (aged 32)
New Salem, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
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Coney Island Times and West End Journal (Brooklyn, NY) -
Saturday, October 24, 1925

Army Plane Falls Killing Pilot and Two Newspaper Representatives
Lieut. Geo. H. Burgess, Jr., Maurice Hutton and Vernie Zimmerman Lose Lives Near New Salem, Pa., in "Honeymoon Express"

Married in an airplane above Sheepshead Bay during the Police games of July, 1919, Lt. George H. Burgess, Jr., 32, of 1148 57th St., was burned to death in an airplane at New Salem, Pa., with two members of the staff of the Dayton Herald with whom he was flying back to Dayton from Washington, D.C. The plane in which the trio died was a three-seater known as "The Honeymoon Express."
A brief official report of the fatality was received from Washington Friday night, Oct. 16, by Mrs. Gerorge H. Burgess, Sr., of the 57th St. address, mother of the young aviator, and by the widow, the former Miss Emily K. Schaefer of Sea Gate, who was visiting her parents with her two children, Madeline Ruth, 5, and George Howell, 2. The widow left immediately for Washington, where funeral services were conducted at Bolling Field, followed by interment in Arlington Military Cemetery.
Air control officer of Wilbur Wright Field, Dayton, Ohio, (said) Lt. Burgess had participated in the recent air races at Mitchel Field and Wednesday of last week flew on to Washington with a score of other Army aviators.
A graduate of Manual Training High School and a wireless expert, at the beginning of the World War he enlisted and within a month was comissioned a second lieutenant and assigned to the air service as an instructor in radio airplane communication.
Lieut. Burgess was a daring flyer and thrilled all Brooklyn and Manhattan in August, 1919, when, as an attache of Hazelhurst Field, Mineola, he and two other aviators gave an exhibition of trick flying above the East River which included dashes under the Williamsburg, Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges.
Those who witnessed the crash said that as the plane passed over New Salem its engines seemed to be in trouble. A few minutes later, they say, as the pilot appeared to be maneuvering for a landing, the plane took a nose dive and fell to the ground. Fire enveloped the wreckage simultaneous with the impact and persons who rushed to the scene extricated the bodies of the men. They were badly burned. Maurice Hutton, Aviation editor of the Dayton Herald, and Vernie Zimmerman, photographer of the same publication, were the other two fatalities.
(Of note, but not mentioned here, was that this happened during thunderstorms)


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  • Maintained by: Kathy Burr
  • Originally Created by: Mike Weeks
  • Added: 23 Feb 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 48627656
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lieut George Howell Burgess (4 May 1893–16 Oct 1925), Find A Grave Memorial no. 48627656, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Kathy Burr (contributor 47226369) .