PILOT STORIES: Charlton,
John P. Jr.
||October 25, 1919
||October 30, 1919
||College Park, Maryland
John P. Charlton, Jr. was only on his fifth
day of flying as an airmail pilot when he died in a crash
near Long Valley, New Jersey. Charlton was flying the Washington, D.C. - New York route when at about 2 p.m., witnesses said they heard a plane approaching from the west. Although
the valley was clear, there was fog on top of nearby Schuley
mountains and along an elevated ridge north of town. The sound
of an airplane engine passed to the east, north, then west
before stopping suddenly. A search party found the airplane on
top of the mountain, inverted, tail in the air and Charlton's
body strapped in the cockpit.