William Portwood Erwin
|William Portwood Erwin|
William Portwood Erwin, 1918
October 18, 1895|
Ryan, Oklahoma, USA
|Died||c. August 1927 (disappeared)
|Service/branch||Air Service, United States Army|
|Battles/wars||World War I|
|Awards||Distinguished Service Cross, French Croix de Guerre|
World War I
Erwin was assigned to 1st Observation Squadron on 19 July 1918. As a Salmson 2A2 pilot, he scored his victories between 15 September and 22 October 1918; half of them were with gunner Arthur Easterbrook.
Erwin died during the Dole Air Race between Oakland, California and Hawaii. He flew the Dallas Spirit, a custom aircraft built by the Swallow Airplane Company on credit for the attempt. Erwin failed to return from a search for two other missing competitors, the Miss Doran and The Golden Eagle, and is presumed drowned 19 August 1927.
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