Captain Burt E. Skeel died while representing the Army Air Service in the International Air Race at Wilbur Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio. He crashed in front of spectators when the wings came off his plane. A native of East Cleveland, Ohio, Skeel had served in World War I, starting in the infantry and then transferring to the Air Service, where he remained as a pilot after the war.
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2nd Lt. Corlys Bedford was just shy of 24 years old when his plane was shot down over France in World War II. According to this page of transcriptions of obituaries for Strongsville Cemetery, he was not interred in Strongsville until almost five years later. It seems likely from the report posted here that Bedford was not able to be confirmed dead immediately.
When I found this tombstone, I didn’t know what a liaison pilot was in World War II. Liaison pilots were mostly enlisted men who flew small, unarmed aircraft to support military operations. Think missions like supply runs, transporting officers or reconnaissance missions. It is sadly no surprise that SSgt. Williams lost his life doing this job.
This marker was actually the first one in the Tennes family plot that I paused to look at.
On it are lines from a famous poem by John Gillespie Magee, Jr., an American who penned the piece “High Flight” while serving in the Canadian Air Force during World War II. Magee perished in a plane collision at the end of 1941, but his poem has lived on and become a favorite of aviators and astronauts. I was able to find an online obituary for Horace Tennes confirming that he was a naval Lt. Commander in World War II, commanding a bombing squadron.