Aeromarine management and operational personnel

The lists below includes people who worked for any one or more of the Aeromarine companies,
during confirmed periods or to whom there are references (dates within brackets)
at one time or another in the preserved Aeromarine sources.

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Executives/Managers/Agents/Engineers
Pilots
Assistant Pilots/Flight Engineers/Mechanicians/Stewards/Bowmen

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Executives/Managers/Agents/Engineers
Aeromarine Plane & Motor Company
Aeromarine Engineering and Sales Company
Aeromarine Sightseeing and Navigation Company
Aeromarine West Indies Airways, Inc.
Aeromarine Airways, Inc.

Axel Anderson - Propeller Department, Aeromarine Plane and Motor Company (February 1922); see Organization chart.

P.T. Ash - Superintendent, Metal Division, Aeromarine Plane and Motor Company (February 1922); see Organization chart.

George Ayers - Aeromarine Plane and Motor Company (1917).

R.J. Bellshamber - General Passenger Agent for Aeromarine West Indies Airways, Inc. and Aeromarine Airways, Inc. (April and May 1921).

A.S. Bochan - Engineering Department, Aeromarine Plane and Motor Company (November 1922); see photo on Photos of Aeromarine employees page.

Joseph J. Boland - Motor Engineer, Aeromarine Plane and Motor Company (1917) and B Motor Department, Aeromarine Plane and Motor Company (February 1922); see Organization chart.
More information on Joe Boland at Early Birds of Aviation, Inc. website.

Geoffrey Harper Bonnell - Vice President and General Manager of Aeromarine West Indies Airways, Inc., but really Base Manager at Key West, FL from October 1920 until May 1921, and Vice President of Florida West Indies Airways, Inc.

Harry Bruno - see Biographies of Aeromarine personalities page.

M.D. Bryant - Sales Agent of the Aeromarine Plane and Motor Company in Michigan (October 1921).

Lucien R. Burne - Assistant Secretary of Aeromarine Plane and Motor Company (1917).

Frank W. Caldwell - Propeller Designer, Engineering Department, Aeromarine Plane and Motor Company (August 1922).

C.A. Calvert - C. Motor Division, Aeromarine Plane and Motor Company (February 1922); see Organization chart.

R. Chilton - Engineer in Charge, U Motor Division, Aeromarine Plane and Motor Company (February 1922); see Organization chart.

Dantel G. Croasdale - Assistant Secretary, Aeromarine Plane & Motor Company (1917).

E.L. Davis - Engineering Department, Aeromarine Plane and Motor Company (November 1922); see photo on Photos of Aeromarine employees page.

James Delaney - Aeromarine Plane and Motor Company (1917).

H.W. Doherty - Engineering Department, Aeromarine Plane and Motor Company (November 1922); see photo on Photos of Aeromarine employees page.

William Douglas - Vice President of Aeromarine Plane and Motor Company.

F.G. Ericson - Canadian Distributor for the Aeromarine Company (Summer 1921).

Sidney Farrington - Nassau, Bahamas, Agent for the Aeromarine Company (January 1923).

L.F. Faunte - Publicity Manager of Aeromarine Plane and Motor Company.

August Faux - Treasurer of Aeromarine Plane and Motor Company (1917).

C.D. Fish - House Boat Division, Aeromarine Plane and Motor Company (February 1922); see Organization chart.

H.D. Fowler - Engineering Department, Aeromarine Plane and Motor Company (November 1922); see photo on Photos of Aeromarine employees page.

George Fritz - Aeromarine Plane and Motor Company (1917).

O.L. Gagg - Pacific Coast Representative of the Aeromarine Company (August 1922).

John W. German - Vice President and Treasurer of Aeromarine Airways, Inc. (1921), Treasurer of Aeromarine Airways, Inc (1922), Vice President of Aeromarine Airways, Inc. (April 1923) and Vice President and Treasurer of Aeromarine Plane and Motor Company (1917, 1922).

Walter Hempel - Field Representative of Aeromarine Airways, Inc. at Cleveland, OH (July 1922); see photo on Aeromarine baggage labels page.

L.R. Hilyard - Plant Manager of Aeromarine Plane and Motor Company (1921 and February 1922); see Organization chart.

C.L. Horrocks - Engineering Department, Aeromarine Plane and Motor Company (November 1922); see photo on Photos of Aeromarine employees page.

S. Harry Johnson - Assistant Secretary of Aeromarine Plane and Motor Company (1917).

Boris Viacheslav Korvin-Kroukovsky - Engineer in Charge of Airplane Design at Aeromarine Plane and Motor Company, 1921 to 1924; see photo on Photos of Aeromarine employees page. See also the CV of Korvin-Kroukovsky, who had been with the Russian Air Force before emigrating to the U.S.A. in 1918.

W.K. Makin - Auditor, Aeromarine Plane and Motor Company (February 1922); see Organization chart.

Harry Martin - Aeromarine Plane and Motor Company (1917).

Alvin Williston "Mac" McKaig - General Manager of Aeromarine West Indies Airways, Inc. from October 1920 to May 1921, and one of the principals of Florida West Indies Airways, Inc.; see also list of Pilots below.
McKaig was born in Eldora, NJ, on March 9, 1889 and graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, in 1914 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He entered the US Navy as a Seaman 2nd Class at Boston, Massachusetts in October,1917. A year later, McKaig became a Student Naval Aviator at Miami, FL, and received his wings as a Naval Aviator (Heavier-than-Air qualified) in December 1918. He resigned from the USN in October 1919 as a Lieutenant Junior Grade.
McKaig helped organize and operate Florida West Indies Airways, later Aeromarine Airways, and eventually went on to careers in Sales Engineering and Management. He died on October 19, 1964, in Philadelphia, PA.
Source: "Contact!: Careers of U.S. Naval Aviators Assigned Numbers 1 to 2000", 1967.

William Meeker - Pattern Department, Aeromarine Plane and Motor Company (February 1922); see Organization chart.

Joseph Morley - Aeromarine Plane and Motor Company (1917).

E. deB. Newman - Secretary of Aeromarine Plane and Motor Company (1917).

Earl D. Osborn - Secretary and Assistant Treasurer of Aeromarine West Indies Airways, Inc. (October 1920 to May 1921), Assistant Treasurer of Aeromarine Airways, Inc. (1921) and Secretary and Assistant Treasurer of Aeromarine Airways, Inc. (May 1922); see photo on Photos of Aeromarine aircraft - page 2 (Santa Maria - photo 3).
Earl Dodge Osborn was born in 1893 and graduated from Princeton University in 1915. After WW1, where Osborn served with the American Ambulance Corps in France, he joined Aeromarine in 1920. A few years later, he was the co-founder of "Aviation Magazine" and soon its publisher and editor. In 1925 he founded EDO Aircraft (later EDO Corporation), a very successful manufactuer of defense and intelligence products. This company became known for its aluminum floats for seaplanes invented by Earl D. Osborn. It was acquired by ITT Corporation in 2007 and merged into ITT Defense Electronics & Services.
Osborn retired as Chairman of EDO in 1962 and died in 1988.
Main source: Long Island Technology Hall of Fame; it's page on Earl D. Osborn.
Obituary, "New York Times", December 13, 1988.

Charles Fraser Redden - see Biographies of Aeromarine personalities page.

Ed Riley - Aeromarine Plane and Motor Company (1917).

E.J. Riley - Aeromarine Airways, Inc. Public Relations Man, May 1921 to October 1921.

Hugh A. Robinson - General Manager/Superintendent, Airplane Division, Aeromarine Plane & Motor Company, 1917 to 1924; see Organization chart and photo on Photos of Aeromarine employees page.
More information on Hugh Robinson at Early Birds of Aviation, Inc. website.

Fausto Rodriguez - Manager, Havana Office for Aeromarine Airways (1921 and May 1922); see business card on Other Aeromarine ephemera page and photo on Photos of Aeromarine aircraft - page 2 (Santa Maria - photo 3).

Roland Rohlfs - Manager of the Miami, FL, Division of Aeromarine Airways, Inc. (January 1922 and January 1923) and Manager of Operations Great Lakes Division of Aeromarine Airways, Inc at Detroit, MI from July 1922. See C.F. Redden's announcement of Rohlfs joining Aeromarine on the Article on Roland Rohlfs page.
Rohlfs was born in Buffalo on February 10, 1892. He was employed by Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Co. in 1913, first as a factory worker. After having learnt to fly at Newport News, VA, in 1915, he was transferred to the experimental division of Curtiss the same year. As a test pilot from 1917 to 1920, Rohlfs established a number of world records (speed record of 163 m.p.h. in 1918, altitude record of 34,610 ft. in 1919 and climbing record of 19,750 in 9 min., 42 3/5 sec. in 1919).
After leaving Curtiss, Rohlfs worked for a number of operators within civil aviation, including Aeromarine Airways 1921-24, Aerial Advertising Inc, 1927-31 (as Vice-President and Operations Manager) and Heart Island Transportation Corporation 1933-1937 (as Operations Manager). He joined the U.S. Air Safety Board in 1938 as Chief of the technical section. From 1940 and many years onwards, he was a Ground School Supervisor with the Civilian Pilot Training Service of the Civil Aeronautics Administration.
Rohlfs passed away on March 22, 1974.
Main source: "Contact!: Careers of U.S. Naval Aviators Assigned Numbers 1 to 2000", 1967.
More information on Roland Rohlfs at Early Birds of Aviation, Inc. website.

J.I. Satchy - Engineering Department, Aeromarine Plane and Motor Company (November 1922); see photo on Photos of Aeromarine employees page.

F. Seitz - Purchasing Agent, Aeromarine Plane and Motor Company (February 1922); see Organization chart.

Bernard L. "Barney" Smith - see Biographies of Aeromarine personalities page; see also list of Assistant Pilots etc. below.

Ed Smith - Yard and Construction, Aeromarine Plane and Motor Company (February 1922); see Organization chart.

Hinsdale Smith - General Manager of Aeromarine Plane and Motor Company (1917).

Charles R. Speers - Traffic Manager for Aeromarine Airways, Inc. in the New York City Area.

Kenneth Stone - Aeromarine Plane and Motor Company (1917).

Elmer Straub - Aeromarine Plane and Motor Company (1917).

George Tiffany - Base Manager at Havana, Cuba for Aeromarine West Indies Airways, Inc., November 1920 to May 1921.

Albert Tilt - President of Aeromarine West Indies Airways, Inc. from October 1920 until its name change to Aeromarine Airways, Inc. in May 1921, and one of the principals of Florida West Indies Airways, Inc.

Oscar Alvarez Torres - General Ticket Agent, Porto Rico Division, for Aeromarine Airways, Inc. (1923).

Inglis Moore Uppercu - see Biographies of Aeromarine personalities page.

N.F. Vanderlip - Engineering Department, Aeromarine Plane and Motor Company (November 1922); see photo on Photos of Aeromarine employees page.

K.D. Vosler - Engineer in Charge of Experimental Construction at Aeromarine Plane and Motor Company, 1918 to 1924; see photo on Photos of Aeromarine employees page.

W.K. Warden - Engineering Department, Aeromarine Plane and Motor Company (November 1922); see photo on Photos of Aeromarine employees page.

Walter A. Waterman - General Passenger Traffic Manager for Aeromarine Airways, Inc., New York City; see business card on Other Aeromarine ephemera page.

K.H. White - Engineering Department, Aeromarine Plane and Motor Company (November 1922); see photo on Photos of Aeromarine employees page.

Charles F. Willard - Chief Engineer, Aeromarine Plane and Motor Company (1917) and Engineer in Charge, Motor Division, Aeromarine Plane and Motor Company and Advisory Engineer, Aeroplane Division, Aeromarine Plane and Motor Company (1919 and 1920).
More information on Charles Willard at Early Birds of Aviation, Inc. and 1910 Los Angeles International Air Meet websites.

R.S. Young - Engineering Department, Aeromarine Plane and Motor Company (November 1922); see photo on Photos of Aeromarine employees page.

Paul Gerhard Zimmermann - see Biographies of Aeromarine personalities page.

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Pilots
Aeromarine Plane & Motor Company
Aeromarine Sightseeing and Navigation Company
Aeromarine West Indies Airways, Inc.
Aeromarine Airways, Inc.

W.H. Alexander - (July 1920).

George W. Cobb - (February 1923).

Wally Culbertson - see photo on Aeromarine baggage labels page.

Thomas Ducey Farrish - (1922); see photo on Photos of Aeromarine employees page.
Born on April 5, 1902 in Brooklyn, NY, Thomas D. Farrish enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps at Kelly Field, San Antonio, TX in August 1919. There he flew the Curtiss "Jenny" aircraft. After leaving the Army in the summer of 1920, he worked as pilot and production manager for Curtiss Aircraft Co. of Garden City, NY. Between 1922 and 1925 he was employed as a pilot with Aeromarine Airways. During WW2 he was a Troop Commander with the Army Transportation Corps at Brooklyn and took convoys of troops and materiel on many voyages from Brooklyn to Britain.
With a few spells as a civilian, Farrish stayed with the Army for most of his active life until retiring as a Colonel in 1956.
Thomas Ducey Farrish passed away on October 15, 1988 and is buried at the Arlington National Cemetery, VA.
Information courtesy of Dean Thomas Farrish.

Bert R.J. Hassell - (Summer 1921).
More information on Bert Hassell at Early Birds of Aviation, Inc. website.

L. Haynson - (1921 and 1922).

John "Jack" W. Iseman - (October 1920).

Alvin Williston "Mac" McKaig - October 1920 to May 1921; see list of Executives etc. above.

C.W. "Bill" Miller - (January 1923); see Article on the loss of the Columbus page.

Edwin Charles "Ed" Musick - see Biographies of Aeromarine personalities page.

Durston "Dick" Gardiner Richardson - (1919-1920, April 1921, July 1921, September 1921, October 1921, May and July 1922); see photos on Aeromarine baggage labels page and Photos of Aeromarine aircraft - page 2 (Santa Maria - photo 3). See this page for letters written by Durston Richardson (1922) and Mrs. Durston Richardson (1976), detailing his career.

Clarence Alvin "Duke" Schiller - (April 1921, 1922 and June 1923).

Floyd Showalter - (July 1921).

Theodore L. Tibbs - (October 1920, May 1921); see photo on Photos of Aeromarine employees page.

Cyrus "Si" Johnston Zimmermann - see Biographies of Aeromarine personalities page.

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Assistant Pilots/Flight Engineers/Mechanicians/Stewards/Bowmen
Aeromarine Sightseeing and Navigation Company
Aeromarine West Indies Airways, Inc.
Aeromarine Airways, Inc.

Wally Burling

George Caperton - (August 1921).

Johnny Donahue (Musick's Mechanic on the rum running flights.)

William "Bill" Ebert

Richard E. Griesinger - (1917, October 1919, September 1921, October 1921); see photo on Photos of Aeromarine employees page.

R. McAllister - (1922).

Neidig - (Fall 1922).

Ernest "Ernie" F. Nygard - October 1920 to July 1923; see photo on Photos of Aeromarine aircraft - page 2 (Santa Maria - photo 3).

William "Bill" Richards - (1921).

Donald "Don" W. Roderick - 1920 to January 1923.

M. Rowe - (1922).

F.F. Sandborn - (July 1921).

Bernard L. "Barney" Smith - 1920 to 1923; see Biographies of Aeromarine personalities page.

Adiel "Mitzie" Strang - 1917 to 1924; see photo on Photos of Aeromarine employees page.

De Los Thomas

Harold Thompson - (January 1923); see Article on the loss of the Columbus page.

Floyd "Steve" Whalton - Key West Native/Resident, 1920 to 1924.

Arthur Mott Word - (1920).

(List compiled by Daniel)

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See also the following pages:
Biographies of Aeromarine personalities
Photos of Aeromarine personalities
Photos of Aeromarine employees
Aeromarine Plane and Motor Company - Organization chart
Genealogy of the Aeromarine companies - A corporate time line

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This page last updated February 12, 2012.