Earl Baldwin McKinley 1894–1938

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The disappearance of the ill-fated Hawaii Clipper off the coast of Mindanao on July 28, 1938, with its passengers and crew, will soon be forgotten in the annals of aviation, but to tropical medicine the loss is irreparable, for Earl McKinley was aboard. He and Fred C. Meier, of the United States Department of Agriculture, as guest passengers, were busily engaged in sampling the air at various altitudes and locations during the flight as a part of their studies on the trans-oceanic spread of germs and pollen. McKinley had also made arrangements to stop off at Manila and retest a number of lepers, while awaiting the return of the Clipper from its scheduled trip to China.

Four months have elapsed without definite information. Hence, there seems to be no doubt but that the transport plunged into the Pacific Ocean at its deepest point, under circumstances the nature of which will probably ever remain a mystery.