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<span style="color:#006400">'''MOORE, Elliott McFarlane'''</span> (   -1933)
<span style="color:#006400">'''MOORE, Elliott McFarlane'''</span> (c. 1902-1933)
[[File:Santa Cruz Sentinel,14 Nov 1933.jpg|350px|thumbnail|right|<center> From the Santa Cruz Sentinel, November 14, 1933</center>]]
[[File:Santa Cruz Sentinel,14 Nov 1933.jpg|350px|thumbnail|right|<center> From the Santa Cruz Sentinel, November 14, 1933</center>]]

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MOORE, Elliott McFarlane (c. 1902-1933)

From the Santa Cruz Sentinel, November 14, 1933

In the News~

November 3, 1933 [LAT]: “Two men, one of them a son-in-law of the late Rear Admiral Moffett, lost their lives and a third suffered serious injuries yesterday when the transport hydro-plane in which they were attempting to take off from Avalon, Catalina Island, nosed over and crashed in the waters near the island. The dead were identified as Elliott McFarlan Moore, 31 years of age, of Avalon, the late rear admiral's son-in-law and vice president and general manager of the Catalina Wilmington Air lines, operators of the plane which crashed, and George Baker, 28, of Long Beach, co-pilot of the ship, and formerly a navy flyer. Walter Siler of Avalon, pilot of the large ten-passenger amphibian, was seriously hurt. He suffered a broken leg and other injuries and was taken to the Avalon Hospital. There were no passengers on the plane at the time of the crash. The accident marked the second time within six months that death has struck from the air above the sea at the family of the late Rear Admiral, he himself having died in the crash of the huge dirigible Akron off the Atlantic Coast last April. The plane which crashed was a Douglass amphibian which had been in service of the Catalina-Wilmington line with a similar transport ship since the air line was established, May 30, 1931. It was making its regular morning passenger run to the mainland when the crash occurred, its scheduled calling for a take-off at 7:45 a.m. Spectators on the island's shoreline said the huge craft had taxied about half a mile, heading toward the mainland, without managing to rise in the air. They said it suddenly nosed over when half a mile out. A speedboat immediately set out to the scene, where the amphibian was floating, badly cracked up. The bodies of Moore and Baker, both of whom had died instantly of head injuries, were taken from the plane's cabin. Siler, thrown clear of the ship, was taken from the water near by. Moore leaves a widow and three small children, while Baker leaves his widow and one child. Moore's brother-in-law, Lieut. George Moffett, son of the late rear admiral, a naval officer stationed at San Diego, was notified of the accident and reached Avalon by plane a short time later. The two twin-motored amphibian planes in the line's service had established a record for passengers carried since they were placed in operation, officials of the company said after the crash, and had en enviable safety record. They had carried 36,847 passengers since May 1931 and had flown a total of 125,000 miles on their runs. The accident was the first to occur with injury to an occupant of the planes since the line was established. Prior to the establishment of the Catalina-Wilmington Airlines Western Air Express had operated planes between the island and mainland, also without an accident occurring...”

November 3, 1933 [Evening Independent, Massillon, Ohio]: “Son in law of Moffett killed. Avalon, Catalina Island, Cal., Nov. 3.—E. McFarlane Moore, former naval officer and son-in-law of the late Rear Admiral William A. Moffett, and George Baker, airline pilot, were killed when a ten-passenger amphibian plane of the Wilmington-Catalina Airways, Ltd., capsized in taking off half a mile from shore Thursday. Walter Seiler, also a pilot, was seriously injured. Moore, a 1921 Annapolis graduate, reorganized the Wilmington-Catalina airline in 1931 when he became director. It is a subsidiary of the Wilmington Transportation Company, part of the estate of the late William Wrigley, Jr., capitalist and sportsman of Chicago.”

November 8, 1933 [TI/Avalon]: “While taking off from the airport last Thursday for the early morning flight to the mainland, without passengers, one of the amphibian planes of the local airline suddenly swerved and overturned while traveling at a high rate of speed. The impetus was so great that Elliott McFarlane Moore, manager of the airline, and co-pilot George R. Baker, were instantly killed. Senior pilot W. L. Seiler was unconscious when taken to the Catalina Hospital after the crash. The exact cause of the accident that resulted in the two fatalities has not yet been determined. It is thought, however, that because there were no passengers on board, that some sort of a test was being made by the men on board the plane. The water was smooth, the flying conditions were ideal, and so far, according to the experts who have studied the wrecked plane, no mechanical defect has been discovered. One observer suggested that perhaps, as the plane ‘stepped’ from the water into the air the left pontoon dragged, which would swing the plane into a nosedive. As the plane overturned the occupants were hurled head first into the object nearest to them. Immediately after the mishap the airport crew, who had witnesses the upset nearly two miles offshore, sped to the rescue in the airport patrol boat and succeeded in freeing Pilot W. L. Seiler and recovering the body of Mr. Moore. Pilot Seiler arrived at the hospital in the city ambulance thirty minutes after the catastrophe. Funeral services were held in Long Beach Saturday for the co-pilot, George R. Baker, who was 28 years of age, and had been an Avalon resident for several months. At the request of relatives in the east, the remains of Lieut. Elliott McFarlane Moore, aged 36, were taken to Washington, D. C. for interment. This is the first fatal accident on the Wilmington-Catalina Airline that has occurred since its inauguration, when Mr. E. McFarlane Moore was made manager, May 30, 1931. Only the day previous to his death Manager Moore made the announcement that the Catalina Airline had carried more than 36,000 passengers, and had flown more than 125,000 miles; that among the passengers, had been a ten-day-old baby and its mother; and on another occasion one of the passengers had been a nervous old lady, celebrating her 97th birthday by taking a round trip ride on the cross-channel plane! It is understood the service on the line will be resumed within the next few days, as soon as one of the other ships can be taken from its winter storage and placed in service. The safety precautions taken by the Catlaina Airline has not only been highly commended by the hundreds of passengers who have made the cross channel trip, but these precautions have also met with the exacting regulations of government inspectors. The twin motored amphibians used in the service are of the latest design, and carry ten passengers…”