Flying Tiger Line Pilots Association
H. P. Watkins
“HP” as he liked to call himself, was fun-loving, laughed often and charmed everyone ! He grew up in a small nurturing town, Factoryville, Pennsylvania (near Scranton). The family was prominent and he was proud there was a
Watkins Street in the town. He graduated from the local junior college, Keystone, then on to Penn State. His cousin Bill Seamans had a dirt runway behind his house, the beginning of a future fine airport, where he began his flying, then the University of Virginia to get his commercial license.
He worked for a year for Pan Am after the outbreak of World War II, then enlisted in the Air Force. He spent 18 months flying military supplies over the “Hump” between Burma and China. His decorations included the distinguished Flying Cross and an air medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters.
Shortly after returning from war, he joined the Flying Tiger Line,
stationed in Newark, N.J. About six years ago he transferred to the company’s San Francisco operation, flying mainly to the Far East and Alaska.
He was a former member of the Palo Alto Elks Club and of the Masonic Lodge In Factoryville.
He is survived by his wife, Thelma Watkins of Sunnyvale, two sons, Wayne Watkins of Santa Rosa, CA and Tucker Watkins of Irvine, CA, and a daughter Melanie Watkins of San Jose, CA.
He went too young, at 56, so missed a lot of good living with a loving family and now 4 grandsons. We miss him so.Back To Memorials