Viewing page 5 of 17

May the 24th, 1919 Kendrick was killed in a crash at Atlantic City at age 27 while flying in connection with the Congress. His passengers, James H. Beer, Jr., of Ventnor City, New Jersey, who reportedly was associated financially with Kendrick's aviation activities, also was killed. Kendrick evidently lost control while engaged in some flying antics at a low altitude and crashed in the surf while reportedly trying vainly to make a landing, in plain view of crowds of boardwalk sight-seers. Jaquith and Orton Hoover were in the air at the time, they landed at once and were the first to reach the wreck. 
Flying Pioneer Beryl H. Kendrick was one of the severely wealthy young sportsmen who learned to fly Curtiss flying boats and then bought one for their own use during the 1913-1915 period. He had developed quite a passenger business at his home town Atlantic City beach resort. This venture was growing into training and charter work at the time of his death. It is believed his accident was one of the very fatal ones with flying boats, which was a relatively safe and very enjoyable sport at the time. 

Please note that the language and terminology used in this collection reflects the context and culture of the time of its creation, and may include culturally sensitive information. As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology. The information within this collection does not reflect the views of the Smithsonian Institution, but is available in its original form to facilitate research. For questions or comments regarding sensitive content, access, and use related to this collection, please contact