Major George Alan May

Major George Alan May

Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Correctional Institutions Division, Texas

End of Watch Friday, September 17, 1971

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George Alan May

Major George A. May was the pilot, and Major Robert A. Arrington was the co-pilot, flew a Texas Department of Corrections airplane to Oregon to pick up W.A. Johnson who had escaped from a Texas prison on March 31, 1970 and was captured in Oregon. The officers stopped in Pueblo, Colorado en route back to Huntsville, Texas. On the morning of September 17, 1971, the TDC plane left the airport and crashed around 9:04 a.m. 15-25 miles southwest of Fowler in Pueblo County, Colorado. All three men were killed. The airplane flew into a late summer storm that dropped the earliest snowfall in the Pueblo area since record keeping in 1888. Search planes were delayed because of low visibility.

May's body was shipped to Huntsville, Walker County, Texas for burial. He was survived by his wife, Jacqueline Gayle May.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 2 years, 3 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident
  • Location Colorado

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Delaware State Police (Retired)

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