Tag Archives: Flight 923

Air Force Captain reflects on ditching-day horror

[A number of stories were written about Dr. Figueroa, with nearly all focusing on his untiring and heroic ministering to the medical needs of fellow survivors. This is his story. It is about his experiences and feelings about the flight … Continue reading

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Flying Tiger 923 story continues

by Fred Caruso (aka Irish O’Caruso) September 23, 2012 marked the 50th anniversary of the crash of Flying Tiger Flight 923, when the Army-chartered aircraft was forced to ditch in the North Atlantic in the dark of night during a raging … 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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Harry Benson: Retired Air Force Major feared engine trouble

 “The engine was vibrating so severely I was afraid something might loosen in the connections of the fuel lines.” The following story was taken from an Associated Press newspaper report on the Civil Aeronautics Board inquiry in New York City … Continue reading

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Rachael Hoopii: Hawaiian mother, daughters vanish into raging sea

“I saw a child being thrown out a window by a man after the plane hit the Atlantic. The child was never seen again. The other child also vanished.” Rachael K. Hoopii, 32, of Waimanolo, Hawaii was on her way … Continue reading

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Carol Ann Gould: Flight attendant on her day off

It was supposed to be a day off for Flying Tiger Stewardess Carol Ann Gould. But the Flying Tiger Lines needed another flight attendant to accompany the 68 servicemen and their families to Frankfort, Germany. The appropriate officials of her … Continue reading

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

Captain John D. Murray, 44, of Oyster Bay, Long Island, knew 76 lives were at stake as he slowly brought down the Super Constellation in preparation for ditching in the howling winds and raging waves of the cold north Atlantic. … Continue reading

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