Category Archives: flight crew

stewardesses, pilot, navigator, etc

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

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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

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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

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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

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Antwerp is “land at last” for remaining survivors

Disembarking from the Swiss freighter and rescue ship HMS 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

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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

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Lack of lighting weighs in on death toll

Refusal of US to Require Lights Weighed as Factor in Airliner Death Toll By Richard Witkin for wire services From the New York Times The role played by a flashlight in the rescue of survivors of the airliner crash in … Continue reading

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Video – Raging Seas of the North Atlantic

YouTube Video: Flying Tiger 923 and Raging North Atlantic Gale force winds whipped the icy North Atlantic some 500 miles off the west coast of Ireland. Ocean swells rose up to 35 feet high and waves between 10 to 15 … Continue reading

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Ode to Big Bird (Flying Tiger 923)

A Memorial Poem For the “Big Bird” Flying Tiger Flight 923 By Garret  Ahern, Dublin, Ireland ‘Big Bird’ Out from New Jersey, Big bird spreading wings, Trundling east-ward, in War-cold nineteen-sixty-two. Three-score souls and ten- And more aboard, Service by … Continue reading

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Carol Ann to Attend Flying Tiger Convention

Former Flying Tiger flight attendant Carol Ann Gould will attend the 2012 Flying Tiger Pilots Association annual convention at Monterey,  California on May 10 through 12. She has attended their annual convention a number of times in the past and … Continue reading

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