Chipley, FL Light Plane Crash, Jan 1950



Chipley, Fla. (AP) -- JOHNNY MANN, California flyer who claimed a non-stop distance record for light planes last week from Van Nuys, Calif., to Jacksonville, Fla., was killed with another Californian in a plane crash near here Wednesday night.
The record flight was made in connection with the All American air maneuvers at Miami which ended Sunday.
The Florida highway patrol identified the men as JOHN FRANCIS MANN, 45, and ROBERT E. MELANDER, about 40.
The patrolman said the plane did not burn but the force of the crash demolished it. It barely cleared a farmhouse as it crashed into a field near a highway.
Papers on MELANDER'S body identified him as a deputy sheriff of the aerial division of the Los Angeles County sheriff's office.
If could not be immediately determined whether or not the plane which crashed was the same plane MANN used on his cross-country flight. The registry numbers were obliterated in the crash.
Identification of both men was made through papers found on their bodies. MANN had a letter of greeting from the mayor of Miami to the mayor of Los Angeles.

Charleston Daily Mail West Virginia 1950-01-19