|Roy Dickson 1930s Alaska Bush Pilot
|FIRST TIME PUBLISHED
|BIOGRAPHIES (H - J) of 1920s-1930s Era ALASKA BUSH PILOTS
WALTER HALL - Early parachute jumper and pilot. Came to Alaska and worked for Bob Reeve out of Valdez.
Then moved to Fairbanks and flew for old Pacific Alaska Airways to Bethel and Nome. Also flew briefly for Hans
Mirow. Left Alaska with Pan American to fly international routes to Central and South America. Died in South
America of natural causes.
ROY J. HOLM - Born Dec 17, 1913 Boise, ID. Learned to fly in 1935 at St. Louis, MO. Came
to Anchorage in the summer of 1937 delivering the first Taylor Cub and giving flying lessons.
He had a mechanic's license as well as a pilot's license. He worked for Ray Petersen then
Woodley Airways. In 1941 Roy went with Pan American flying in Alaska, then flying the Pan
American Clipper out of San Francisco. Retired to Seattle area as Chief Pilot for Pan
American. Died of natural causes March 21, 2000 at Enumclaw, Washington.
MURRAY HALL - Aircraft inspector, Department of Commerce CAA came to Alaska in 1934 as the permanently
assigned CAA inspector replacing Hugh Brewster who had been temporarily assigned. He was inspector at the time
of Post-Rogers crash in 1035.
DICK HAWLEY - Flew Curtiss Robin in Fairbanks and Chicken Creek area; later went with Pacific Alaska Airways,
then Pan American Captain in Seattle.
JACK HERMAN - Flew for Ferguson Airways in Ketchikan & Wien in Fairbanks and Nome. Was a partner in
Lavery Airways with Bill Lavery in Fairbanks. They had a monocoupe and an open cockpit Standard. Known by
some as "Smiling Jack".
ART HINES - Partner with Percy Hubbard in Fairbanks. Died in airplane accident while returning from Dawson.
Burned plane was found years later.
ALEX HOLDEN - Born Victoria, BC; Learned to fly with the RCAF during WW I. Co-founded Pacific International
Airways with Joe Barrows. First flew out of Fairbanks on the mail run Nenana - Bethel. Also flew for Pacific
International Airways out of Anchorage. In 1936 Alex partnered with James V. Davis starting a new service in
Southeast Alaska, Marine Airways. Their first plane was a Bellanca Pacemaker dubbed "Shakey Jake." In 1940 Marine
Airways merged with Shell Simmons' Alaska Air Transport to form Alaska Coastal Airlines, which merged with Ellis
Airlines in 1965 to become Alaska Coastal-Ellis Airlines which became a part of Alaska Airlines in 1968.
ALLEN E. "AL" HORNING - Born about 1908 in Washington. Learned to fly in Anchorage in early 1930s. Flew
for McGee Airways and Star Air Service until joining CAA in Flight Section when first established in Alaska. Later
was Airways Facilities Division Chief with FAA in Los Angeles.
PERCY M. HUBBARD - Born about 1899 in Wisconsin. A Fairbanks businessman who spent
much money, time and effort in developing aviation in the Interior. Pilot and operator of numerous
air services including Service Airways of Fairbanks. After Alaska lived in Bellevue, Washington.
JACK JEFFORD - Born in Nebraska September 6, 1910. Got his private pilots
license in 1931 & flew in Nebraska before coming to Alaska. He first flew for Mirow
Air Service, then joined CAA when first established a flight division & was Chief
Pilot for the Alaska Region from 1940-1972. First to fly instruments over new
range routes. After retiring in 1972 he & his pilot wife Ruth Martin Jefford opened
Valley Air Transport, a charter operation out of Merrill Field in Anchorage. Jack
died at his home in Wasilla August 12, 1979. Jack & Ruth were both inducted into
the Alaska Aviation Museum Hall of Fame in 2009.
JERRY JONES - Was a pilot for Alaskan Airways in 1932 and a Pacific Alaska Airways pilot in Anchorage and
Fairbanks. Was first officer on the inaugural flight of the Sikorsky S-42 PanAm Clipper flight from Seattle to Juneau in
1940. He was later reassigned by Pan American Airways to South America - Miami route. Retired to Miami, FL after
outstanding record with Pan Am.
ROY F. JONES - Born October 16, 1893 in Washington. Was a US Army pilot in WW I. In July 1922 flew a four-
place Curtiss MF Flying Boat named the Northbird with an Hispano-Suiza 180hp engine from Seattle to Ketchikan &
founded Northbird Aviation Co. the first commercial aviation company in Alaska. Used carrier pigeons as a means of
communication from remote locations. He was a partner in Ketchikan's Pioneer Airways in 1930. Later he flew in
Alaska during WWII as an Air Force officer, stationed for awhile at Ladd Field, Fairbanks. He retired as a Major in
the Air Force Reserves. Died Feb 17, 1974 in Vancouver, Washington.
HERMAN "HERM" JOSLYN - Born April 2, 1905. Flew for Wien and Pollack Air Service in early 1930's. Went
with Pacific Alaska Airways in early 1940's. Flew Lockheed Electras on early route Fairbanks - Juneau. Retired as a
Pan Am Captain to Seattle area. Died in Seattle in November 1969.