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men or their machine. In desperation Martin continued searching until he ran out of gas and had a narrow escape, making a very hazardous landing on a rough sea where he was badly battered about before being towed into San Pedro Harbor. Charles Day directed search operations all along the coast.
[[Indent]]On the 16th a portion of Kearney's pontoon was found near Redondo Beach and identified by Day. On the 18th more of the plane wreckage and some of the men's clothing was found and identified, then their bodies were found on December 20th some distance apart near Rocky Point, California, but the mystery of what happened was never solved.
[[Indent]]The deduction following was that the flight should never have been undertaken. Always over-confident, Kearney had very little hydro flying experience and there was a 30 M.P.H. wind with heavy seas that kept motor boats ashore. Kearney's remains were returned to Kansas City, Missouri, where he was buried in Mount Washington Cemebery. He was not married and was survived by his mother. Lawrence was buried at Ontario, California.
[[Indent]]Flying Pioneer Horace F. Kearney was an active, hard working, self-taught early aviator whose pioneering accomplishments came to an untimely end. After a long hard struggle to get started in aviation he rapidly rose to the top of the exhibition men of his era, and by an error of judgement joined so many of his flying associates who gave their lives in their quest of aerial adventure.


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