Bedford, OH Forrest Malick Killed in Airplane Crash, Mar 1932

Seymour Daily Tribune newspaper, Seymour, IN
Thursday 31 March 1932; Front Page, Column 1

FORREST MALICK IS KILLED IN AIRPLANE CRASH TODAY

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Malick, of This City, Flies to Death With Night Mail in Rainstorm

CUTS IGNITION JUST BEFORE CRASH

Pilot Forrest Malick, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Malick, 514 East Third Street, flying the night mail from New York to Cleveland, flew to his death near Bedford, Ohio, a Cleveland suburb, in fog and rainstorm shortly after 2:30 o'clock this morning.

Mr. Malick, who made an admirable record for himself in air circles as a pilot of exceptional ability and high reputation, was a resident of Seymour from infancy until he left for California to go in training for a pilot's license.

Strapped in the cockpit of his open plane where it had crashed in the dense fog, farmers found his body after a search of several hours early today. As a last act of his cool judgement he had turned off the ignition switch of the ship, apparently knowing that he was about to crash, and thus avoided possibility of the ship catching fire when it crashed.

The ship was located after farmers, hearing the low flying craft and crash, notified police and began a search. It was found near the Cleveland suburb. He had apparently been dead some time when his wrecked ship was found.

His ship was due at Cleveland at 3 o'clock this morning. At 2:30 o'clock the radio station at Parkman, east of Cleveland, reported his craft overhead at that time. It was the last that was seen of the ship until it was found where it had crashed. He was within a few miles of the Cleveland airport, where he was bound, when death overtook him.

Mr. Malich had been flying the New York-Cleveland mail for the United Air Lines for the past eight months, according to the Associated Press, which furnished details of the tragedy to The Tribune this morning. Prior to his connection with United Air Lines he was engaged in flying services for the Ford Motor Company for some time, and was located at Detroit during this time. After becoming associated with the United Air Lines he made his home in Newark, NJ.

He was born in Louisville, KY, and came to this city with his parents when he was about a year old. He went to common school and high school here, graduating from Shields High School in 1924. During his four years in high school he bacame known as one of the most popular students in the institution. He was an excellent athlete, playing center field on the varsity baseball team during his last two years in school, and playing basketball during his senior year. He did not try out for basketball until his senior year, but won a place on the Owlet team and a berth as a substitute on the varsity squad, playing in a number of games.

A weakness, which he worked many hours to overcome, turned to advantage to him in later years. He was said to have been inaccurate in foul shooting while in high school. When he graduated and entered Purdue University he practiced many hours to perfect his shots, and was awarded the foul-shooting championship of the university before he graduated.

While in high school here he was business manager of the Shields Owl, high school publication, during his senior year. He carried papers for The Tribune in 1922 and 1923. J. R. Mitchell, principal of Shields High School, when advised of Mr. Malick's death said that as a student he had become known for his perservance and tenacity when engaged in difficult study or work of any kind at school.

While at Purdue he played on the varsity basketball team, and received his B. S. degree in 1927. He later went to Riverside, California, where he entered training for air service. After undergoing a period of training there he successfully completed an advanced course at Kelly Field, Texas, and then went to Selfridge Field, Michigan.

He was enlisted in the United States army for a one years period, and won a reserve commission. Following completion of his service at Salfridge Field he entered the service of independent air companies, where he quickly won a reputation as a pilot of exceptional coolness and ability.

He was twenty-four years old on August 17, 1931. He was never married, and is survived by his parents and a brother, Carl, all of this city.

Mrs. Malick was in a serious condition and under the care of a physician following receipt of the news of his death this morning.

Plans were being made to bring Mr. Malick's body here, but it could not be learned when it would arrive. Funeral arrangements will be announced after these details are announced.
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