Here lies the precious remains,of a Fearless and Faithful Eagle.The Pilot of the "Wings of Mercy."And Savior of countless human lives.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Tombstone Tuesday: Wings of Mercy
This is the inscription on one of the most memorable gravestones in Riverside Cemetery, Mangum, Greer County, Oklahoma.
It marks the grave of Pilot, Paul Powell, 1907-1934.
Paul was the pilot of an air ambulance that operated out of Mangum, OK for Dr. F. Border, a very prominent early physician in SW Oklahoma. Paul and two passengers were killed when his plane crashed near Childress, TX in 1934. I have been trying to find out more information about this crash and will post a follow up if I can ever find a good source. I'm sure there will be a story about it in The Mangum Star since Dr. Border was also a former owner of the newspaper.