W. J. McCandless was not an airmail pilot, but the Superintendent of the Chicago – Omaha Aerial Mail Division. He was killed on May 12, 1920 when an airmail airplane piloted by W. H. Johnson was blown through a tree. Johnson was injured, and McCandless was killed in the collision.
Telegram dated May 12, 1920, informing airmail officials of McCandless's death in a airplane crash.
- Courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration