Category Archives: flight crew

stewardesses, pilot, navigator, etc

Reader comments generate new leads and information.

RE Post: About this site. By Ken Skelton Two survivors, Frank Ruffalo and Sam Vasquez, reunited at my home in Arizona today (May 11). Would you like a photo of them? [Editor’s Note: “Yes, certainly!”] *     *   … Continue reading

Posted in flight crew, new combat troopers, passengers | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

John D. Murray: Fate of 76 lives in Captain’s hands

This article was previously published on November 11, 2011, soon after the launching of our memorial blog. Since then we have had 39,805 views from around the world. Early readers may have forgotten details of Captain Murray’s story. New readers … Continue reading

Posted in flight crew, Other Gems | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Forgiven Disaster: Carol Hansen and the Ditching of Flying Tiger 923

Carol Gould Hansen was the most visible of all survivors of Flying Tiger 923. She was pretty, full of energy, a natural leader, and always quick to flash a smile. She played a very important role in the well being of … Continue reading

Posted in flight crew, Other Gems | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Betty Sims Cannin memorial is located in Michigan

There is a memorial stone in Downing Cemetery near Deckerville, Michigan with the following inscription: Betty Sims Cannin 1930 –1962 IN MEMORY OF MY PRECIOUS WIFE BETTY SIMS CANNIN. AIRLINE STEWARDESS, WHO CRASHED AT SEA SEPTEMBER 23, 1962 JAMES CANNIN … Continue reading

Posted in flight crew, MEMORIALS | Tagged , , , , , | 9 Comments

FLASH BACKS on the demise of Flying Tiger 923!

Fifty years after the crash of Flying Tiger 923, it is astonishing to see how little was known by the survivors of the event that very nearly took their lives. No one had an opportunity to see all of the … Continue reading

Posted in flight crew, new combat troopers, passengers, rescue teams | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Antwerp is “land at last” for remaining survivors

Disembarking from the Swiss freighter and rescue ship MS Celerina and touching dry land at Antwerp, Belgium for the first time in five days were the remaining survivors of the ditching of Flying Tiger Line Flight 923. Shown above at … Continue reading

Posted in flight crew, passengers, rescue teams | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Georg Stockli: Ship radio operator adds new insight to rescue

M/S Celerina rescues 48 survivors of airplane catastrophe “SOS from Valentia radio = following from Shannon Airport . . . at 2220 GMT the Super Constellation Flying Tiger N6923C began with preparations for ditching at 54 North 24 West at … Continue reading

Posted in flight crew, Other Gems, passengers, rescue teams, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment