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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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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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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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Alfred Bodung: First Sergeant tells a dramatic story . . .

Sergeant First Class Alfred Bodung was one of the 17 survivors airlifted to Cork hospitals by helicopter from the Celerina off Galley Head point. The Cork Examiner reported his story: “Sergeant First Class Alfred Bodung, 35, married, of Kenosha, Wisconsin, who … Continue reading

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George Brown: Oshkosh trooper safe on Canadian air craft carrier

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 … Continue reading

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Fred Caruso: Thank God I’m alive!

Some survivors wrote letters to describe the crash of Flying Tiger 923. One such letter was written the day following the disaster, September 24, 1962, while still at sea aboard the Swiss rescue ship, The  Celerina. Pvt. Fred Caruso, newly graduated … Continue reading

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Thomas Koltak: A free ticket to Germany !

A secret elopement . . . a mom and dad to be . . . and a free ticket to Germany on Flying Tiger 923 ! Thomas Koltak and his wife, Judy, have just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary! That … Continue reading

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Raul Acevedo: Trooper tells of crash aftermath, writes to John F. Kennedy

“My CO ignored my requests for a medical leave. I asked a number of times because I had to prove to my parents that I was really alive and well. So, I stopped asking my CO and wrote a registered, … Continue reading

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