Maurice Newton flew for less than a month before having a severe crash. He was never the same after the crash. He survived for two years, for most of that time he was one of the organizers of the Cleveland-Chicago airmail route. He tried for reinstatement as a pilot, and was summarily rejected. He died on July 23, 1920. His widow attempted several times, with the help of a number of prominent airmail pilots to acquire compensation, as she believed, with substantial evidence to back her up, that Newton died as a result of complications from his crash in 1918. She was rejected in every attempt.