Andrew Carnegie Whitfield
(born 1910), the nephew of wealthy steel magnate Andrew Carnegie
, mysteriously disappeared
shortly after he departed from Roosevelt Field on Long Island, New York
on the morning of April 17, 1938.
Whitfield was a graduate of Princeton University
and had been employed as a business executive. An amateur pilot, Whitfield owned a small red and silver Taylor Cub
airplane which he occasionally flew (mostly for recreation). At the time of his disappearance, he had accumulated 200 hours of flying experience.
When Whitfield departed in his small silver and red Taylor Cub monoplane
, he had planned to land at an airfield in Brentwood, New York
(approximately 22 miles away). He was only supposed to be in the air for fifteen minutes, but Andrew never arrived as scheduled. One source reported that Whitfield's plane had been flying steadily—but then Whitfield "nosed his plane into a mild easterly wind, disappeared from sight."
His plane had enough fuel for a 150-mile flight. Neither Whitfield nor his plane has ever been recovered.
Whitfield alias "Albert C. White"
After Andrew's disappearance was discovered, an investigation discovered that (on the same day he vanished) he had checked into a hotel in Garden City on Long Island under an alias he occasionally employed: "Albert C. White." Hotel records indicated that Whitfield/White had paid $4 in advance for the room and never checked out. ... Read More