STORIES: Woodward, John P.
Mail Service Began:
||August 6, 1920
Mail Service Ended:
||November 6, 1920
||College Park, Maryland
||August 24, 1920 –
||September 3, 1920 –
John P. Woodward's airmail service career
was only three months old when he flew his de Havilland airplane
#178 into a snow squall near Tie Siding, 40 miles west of Cheyenne,
Wyoming. Disoriented by the storm, Woodward smashed into the
side of a hill and was killed in the crash. Woodward had left
Salt Lake City at 11:30 a.m. that morning and was scheduled to arrive in
Cheyenne by 3 p.m. His airplane was last sighted over Laramie,
Wyoming at 2:40 p.m. Woodward was found still strapped into
the seat of his wrecked airplane. The pilot was only
26 years old at the time of his death.
In honor of this pilot, on December 21, 1920,
Woodward Field was dedicated at 22nd West and North Temple
in Salt Lake City.