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News reporters were gathered on the tarmac of the new Cork Airport, each one of them wanting to snatch a survivor for an interview before medical personnel could get to them. Two Royal Air Force helicopters were alternately landing with one or two survivors with each delivery. They were collecting survivors from the deck of the Swiss ship MS Celerina as it waited 8 miles off Galley Head point, a distance of 22 miles from the airport.
One of the newsmen was Stars and Stripes London Bureau reporter John Krueger. He was to catch two survivors in one attempt. They were Pvt. Willie Smith Jr, 18, of Atlanta, Georgia, and Capt. Robert C. Eldred (retired), 47, of East Dennis, Mississippi.
Krueger snared an interview with Eldred before both were whisked away by medics. Continue reading
It might have been a matter of luck, just sitting in the right seat at the right time. Private John Toole of Montgomery, Alabama, says he was very lucky and escaped from the crash of the Flying Tiger with no injuries at all and relatively little trauma.
Toole was sitting several rows behind the window exits over the wing. After impact, he had to get out of his center seat to get to the aisle. That went without incident while many seats around him had broken off. From the aisle, he saw troopers trying to release the emergency window on the left side of the plan and he moved quickly to help. Continue reading
September 25, 1962 — Oshkosh, Wisconsin Daily Northwesterner news:
“Oshkosh Man on Airliner is Safe”
“A long and dreary day ended in joyous relief about 5 pm. Monday for Mr. And Mrs. George Brown when they got the news. Their son, George C. Brown Jr., 19, was among those rescued from the North Atlantic after the ditching of Flying Tiger Lines Flight 923, Sunday night.”
The Browns had given up hope. A policeman brought a telegram early in the morning notifying them that their son was missing, but no other information. Later that day, at about 5 p.m., a news wire reporter called them by phone to say George had been confirm as a survivor. Continue reading