Morgan, Herbert P.
Mail Service Began:
||February 26, 1921
Mail Service Ended:
||June 17, 1921
||College Park, Maryland
||April 1, 1921 - Hazelhurst
Herbert Morgan was born on June 12, 1892 in
Chattanooga, Tennessee. Prior to joining the Air Mail Service,
he served in World War I and worked as a salesman. On February
26, 1921 he was appointed as a pilot and assigned to College
Park, Maryland, where he was to receive his training. Apparently
training did not go well and Morgan failed to impress his
Before each pilot is allowed to take up a route,
he has to familiarize himself with it by following an experienced
airmail pilot in a separate airplane. After failing to successfully
track a pilot from Bellefonte, Pennsylvania to Cleveland,
Ohio, Morgan was asked to explain "the circumstances
attending your trip from Bellefonte to Cleveland trailing
Bishop on May 19, 1921. Kindly give your candid opinion as
to the reason you failed to follow the course." A few
days later, Morgan responded by claiming that it had been
the lead pilot, Lestor Bishop, who had gotten lost, not him.
In reply to your letter of May 26th
asking my opinion as to why Bishop got lost I will just
give you the facts.
We did not follow the right course more than five minutes
out of Bellefonte the course from 10 to 20 minutes after
leaving Bellefonte. I understand the compass in Bishop's
ship was not correct.
I made a forced landing at Bloomsburg Wed
June 1st acc't air pressure there seems to be a feeling
in N.Y. that it was for some other reason. I can prove by
every man at Bellefonte including Mr. Gilhous that it was
air-pressure as they found the trouble and fixed it there.
Airmail officials found Morgan's explanation
to be unsatisfactory. He was fired from the service on June
21, 1921. In his recommendation for separating Morgan from
the service, D.B. Colyer cited additional reasons for the
firing. "This pilot, as you know, failed to qualify
at College Park in the regular manner and has been of no practical use to the service since his employment. It is my understanding
that he will not accept a transfer to another division other
than the New York – Cleveland. His services are not
needed on this division."