Urban F. Diteman, Kinsman of Sir Francis Drake
Over Due off Irish Coast


New York, Oct 23 (UP) - The same silence that shrouded Sir Frances Drake's world voyage 350 years ago closed around this flying kinsman Urban F. Diteman today.

Fueling a tiny single-motored monoplane christened the Golden Hind after Drakes' famous Galleon, with 165 gallons of gasoline, the tall lean Montana cattleman left Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, yesterday at 11 am bound for London. Twenty-four hours after the plane passed out of sight over the Atlantic, no word had been received of it.

Diteman whose thirty-odd years and his responsibilities of a family belled the impetuousness and daring of his attempt, was confident that his gasoline supply would carry him to London within 25 hours. His start was unannounced and his destination was revealed only after he had taken off in a note left to flying officials.

Fear for his safety

The failure of Diteman to cover the 1800 miles to the Irish coast within a maximum allowed time of 21 hours was sufficient to cause considerable fear among observers that the light monoplane and its daring pilot had not been able to survive the perils of the North Atlantic.

The Golden Hind started in fair weather, but the lateness of the season and reports from England indicated fog and cold along the path which the flier was believed to have chosen. Strong headwinds of 30 miles per hour velocity were reported for a distance of 600 miles west of the coast of Ireland by the British air ministry today. The report indicated that Diteman also would strike showers and clouds. Diteman start was as enauspecitions as that of Charles A. Lindbergh's famous non-stop flight to Paris and his attempt was equally romantic as the voyage of his illustrusious ancestor. He is the father of two small children who are with their mother in Billings Montana The cattleman took up flying a year ago and in August won a license from the US commerce dept to fly his plane alone, but not to carry passengers. He said in his application to license that be had flown a total of 70 hours.

The monoplane which Diteman purchased in Kansas City is said be a used machine. The rancher flew it to Roosevelt Field, New York September 28. On October 9, it landed at St. John's Newspapers announced that Urban F. Diteman of Billings Montana had come to search Newfoundland records of his family history for traces of his kinship to Sir Francis Drake.

Left Apologies

On his departure, Diteman left a sealed note with a trusted friend which was opened. The message read: "I am bound for London. You will find a package and two letters in my hotel room. Forward same as addressed. Be sure to wrap the bundle in heavy paper. Hold the tools a few days for cable instructions otherwise send to same address. I have 165 United States standard gallons of gasoline, at a conservative estimate enough for 25 hours.

"Many thanks, you Newfoundlanders, for your kindness, and apologies for my impromptu lies about Drake. He did not bring me here, nor to London, albeit I am his descendant. You will hear from me"


The Golden Hind's motor was 110 horsepower radial air-cooled Warner, consuming about 8 gallons an hour under normal conditions. Reports from Billings quoted Diteman's man as saying that he had estimated a fuel consumption of six gallons an hour. The extra tanks were placed in the second place which was closed over leaving only the pilot's cockpit open. Thus the adventuresome Westerner was compelled to face the predicted fog and cold without the protecting cabin of many others who attempted the ocean crossing. With the exception of Captain John Alcock and Lieutenant Arthur W. Brown who flew from Newfoundland to Ireland ten years ago in an open biplane for the first crossing of the Atlantic by air, all other transatlantic fliers have used cabin type machines protecting them from the weather.

Parents are confident

Portland Ore Oct 23 - While a brother-in-law maintained a vigil in a a newspaper office here today, the sister and aged parents of Urban F. Diteman Jr. refused to sleep and awaited reports of the progress of his adventure. Warren A. Erwin the brother-in-law, maintained an attitude of confidence. "When we hear that Urban has succeeded-and I' am sure that will be the news- then we'll sleep" declared Urban F. Diteman Sr., were not advised of their son's flight until last night, Erwin having planned to keep the news from them until today, when the best -or the worst new was expected.

The parents became suspicious however when they discovered that Erwin had had his residence telephone disconnected and the news was finally given them. Informed of her son's adventure Mrs. Diteman said, "I have all the confidence in the world in my boy. God controls the heavens as surely as he does the land, and Urban is going to win, Of that that I feel certain. The father admitted somewhat gruffly that "it was a foolish thing to do, but now that Urban has started, I know he'll finish".

"Drake Estate" believed myth

London, Oct 23 (UP) The extra vagrant myth of the "drake estate" the crown jewels and other loot of raids on the Spanish Main was recalled again today by the transatlantic flight attempt of Urban F. Diteman extensive and though search thought files and records of many years and enquires among lawyers here have resulted in the unanimous conclusion that the estate is nonexistent. Drake marred twice, the records indicate. There were no children of either marriage and the famous sea fighter left but about $200,000 to his widow. But claims that a rich estate valued at more than $1,000,000 exists and can be turned over to properly established heirs have been advanced since 1902 and one Oscar Hartzell, supposed to be living here. he estimated the value of the estate at 22,500,000,000 and represents that Americans particularly citizens of Southern Minnesota and northern Iowa, where many descendants of the Drake family are said to live, who have donated to a fund to pay expense of settlement eventually will get as high as $7000.00 for every dollar donated.

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