1LT Irvin Alberta “Bert” Woodring

1LT Irvin Alberta “Bert” Woodring

Enid, Garfield County, Oklahoma, USA
Death 20 Jan 1933 (aged 30)
Montgomery County, Ohio, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Sec: 7, Site: 10020
Memorial ID 49338331 · View Source
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Irvin A. Woodring was one of the "Three Musketeers of Aviation" (with J.J. Williams and W.L. Cornelius), valued by the Army for their daring aerial feats.

Williams and Cornelius signed the Davis-Monthan Register, too. However, there are no dossiers for them at the NASM. Although both of them died early in aviation accidents, that's not the reason, because Woodring also died early and he has a record at the NASM.

The square-jawed Lt. I.A. Woodring landed at least three times at Tucson. Each time he flew Boeing PW-9D airplanes (28-28, 28-32 and one unidentified). He landed first on Monday June 17, 1929 at 9:00 AM. He was westbound from El Paso, TX to Rockwell Field, San Diego, CA. He must have left El Paso early, as it was about a 3-4 hour flight from there to Tucson.

A few months later he landed again on October 4, 1929 at 2:10 PM eastbound from San Diego. He returned west on Wednesday October 9th. There was no reason given for his roundtrip, although he did note in the Remarks column of the Register on October 4th simply "OK".

Regarding his aircraft, all the Boeing fighters from 28-26 to 28-41 were PW-9Ds with S/Ns ranging from 1011 to 1026. Parenthetically, Boeing 28-37 landed at Tucson on Friday July 27, 1928 flown by a different pilot. That airplane was involved in a famous midair collision with Maddux Air Lines Ford 5-AT-B NC9636 (not in the Register) at San Diego, CA on April 21, 1929, barely a year after its Tucson visit.

I.A. Woodring was born in Enid, Oklahoma February 1, 1902 and died January 20, 1933 at Wright Field, Dayton, OH. He was a hot shot pilot during his brief life. He attended Oklahoma A&M College from 1920-23 in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He entered the Army flying school at Brooks Field, San Antonio, TX and graduated in February 1924 from the Pursuit class. Then followed three years of civilian barnstorming. In 1927 he returned to active duty and received his commission in the Regular Army and was ordered to Selfridge Field, MI with the 1st Pursuit Group.

While stationed at Selfridge, he won the Mitchel Trophy Race held in Dayton, OH. He also served to escort Charles Lindbergh during part of his national tour after his trans-Atlantic flight in May 1927. On June 4, 1928, he married Louise Henson in Detroit, MI.


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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 1LT Irvin Alberta “Bert” Woodring (1 Feb 1902–20 Jan 1933), Find a Grave Memorial no. 49338331, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by John C. Anderson (contributor 47208015) .