LONDONDERRY, Ireland, May 21, 1932 (UP) - I am very, very happy to have completed the flight this far, but I am sorry I did not reach Paris.
Four hours after I left Newfoundland I saw flames shooting from the exhaust pipe. I became uneasy.
It would have taken four hours to return, however, so I thought it would be safer to go ahead.
The next trouble was a leak in the gasoline tank. I was worried all of the time as to whether the fuel would last out the trip.
To add to my troubles, the heavy weather encountered in the storm curtailed my speed.
Despite both engine and weather difficulties, I knew I would be able to land safely. For about 10 hours I flew with the exhaust manifold of my engine burned out.
I sighted land about the middle of Ireland and flew north.
All I had to eat on the way across was tomato juice.
I have only $20 in my possession which my husband handed me as I was leaving.
I do not even have a check book. Mr. Gallagher, owner of the field in which I landed, assured me, however, that I had no occasion to worry about money "as we will see you through."
After I discovered during the flight the exhaust manifold trouble and the gasoline leakage, I intended to fly to Valencia (on the southern coast of Ireland). I got off my course, however, and found myself along the northwest coast of Ireland.
I followed the railway track for some time in hopes of striking a large town, but had to abandon this course and land on Mr. Gallagher's field. As soon as I landed I was taken to Mr. Gallagher's house and given a cup of tea.
I intend to remain here overnight and will go to Belfast tomorrow. It is quite possible that I shall obtain a new airplane there and go on to London Sunday.