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CORRIGAN, Roy W. (1950-1972)

In the News~

March 30, 1972 [Redland Daily Facts]: “Corrigan's plane wreck on Catalina. Avalon, Calif. (UPI) — Two youngsters hiking through a rugged area of Catalina Island Wednesday found the wreckage of a small plane and the body of Roy W. Carrigan, son of famous pioneer aviator Douglas 'Wrong Way' Corrigan. Corrigan, 22, and a passenger, Roger Powell, both of Santa Ana, Calif., disappeared March 21. The elder Corrigan, 66, flew as an observer in one of the Civil Air Patrol planes searching for them. He earned his nickname 'Wrong Way' in 1938, when he flew from Brooklyn to Ireland despite the refusal of aviation authorities to give him permission to attempt a transatlantic flight in his monoplane. He took off on what he said was a flight to California, and when he landed in Ireland explained that he must have gotten lost and flown 'the wrong way.' He returned to the United States a hero. A second body was also found in the wreckage of the plane piloted by the younger Corrigan, but authorities had not positively identified it as Powell. The wreckage was found in Silver Canyon on this island 22 miles off the coast of Southern California. Corrigan and Powell took off from the Orange, Calif. Municipal Airport, saying they intended to fly over Laguna Beach to photograph a house Powell was building there.”