After World War I,
Charles flew for an air transport company in
Mexico and Central America. He was the pilot for
the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII, who
abdicated) during a part of the prince's visit to
Central America. "His mother prizes a photo
of him and the Prince taken with the plane,"
his obituary says.
Arthur Diller Starbuck and Charles were killed
about midnight May 5, 1931, when their mail plane
slammed into a mountain in the fog between
Tujunga and Burbank, Calif. The single-motor
Boeing left San Diego at 10:15 p.m. with six
sacks of mail and was on its way to United
Airport (now Bob Hope Airport) in Burbank.
Below is a clip of the crash from the next
day's Los Angeles Times with a photo of
the plane and pictures of Starbuck, left, and