Category Archives: rescue teams

the ships, helicopters, etc

Seeking Celerina crew members

Since the beginning of this project, we have located a small number of crew members from the Swiss rescue ship, MS Celerina. They are scattered all over the globe. The ship had a crew of 34 at the time, including … 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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Allied armed services weigh in heavily on FT923 search and rescue

By this point in time, most readers are aware that both the British and Canadian armed forces participated in the Flying Tiger search rescue operations. Few are aware to the extent of this participation. Browmore Cliffs, Ireland resident Mike Flahive … Continue reading

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Update on Galley Head

Galley Head Lighthouse is the home one of the 50th anniversary memorials dedicated on September 23, 2012. On reporting the memorial activities at Galley Head, it was stated that “the lighthouse ceased functioning with the advent of global positioning satellites, … 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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Joseph Lewis and Michael Burnett: Like finding a needle in a hay stack

The Incredible Sighting of the Ditching Location Still safe in the cabin, not far above water,  frightened passengers and crew were waiting for the final signal. They were waiting in a darkened cabin, waiting for word from Captain Murray. Then … 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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How did the rescue ship get its name?

To many of the survivors of Flying Tiger 923, the name of the Swiss ship, Celerina, means “rescue, safety. survival and life.” But what is the true meaning of the name?    Immediately after the ditching in late September 1962, … Continue reading

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