Our friend and fellow Flying Tiger survivor, Sammy Vasquez of Phoenix, Arizona, sent us two group photos taken aboard the Celerina on the final leg of the journey, following the airlift of 17 to Ireland. We have been able to identify a number of those in the photos but are seeking help in identifying others. Here is the first photo:
Continue to read this post for a closer view of the photo and see who we have identified.
To make identification a little easier, the photo is cut into two pieces. Here is a view of just the front row:
Shown from the far left is: Celerina Deck Hand Pierre-Andre Reymond, Switzerland; Pvt. Sammy Vasquez, Phoenix, Arizona; Pvt. Joe E. Hofer, Birmingham, Alabama; Pvt. Gordon Thornsberry, Russellville, Arkansas; and Celerina 2nd Steward Jean-Claude Bovier.
Here is a closer look at the back rows:
From the far left: Pvt. Michael Murray, Youngstown, Ohio; (in white shirt) Celerina Mess Boy Emil Kohler; (standing slightly behind Kohler) Pvt. Reynolds Mendez, Chula Vista, California; Pvt. Dominic Tuminnello, Mohnton, Pennsylvania (kneeling); an unidentified trooper; Flying Tiger Stewardess Carol Ann Gould Hansen, Lyndhurst, New Jersey; Mrs. Carmen Figueroa-Longo, Santurce, Puerto Rico; (to her immediate right) Pvt. Charles P. Keck, Gibonville, North Carolina; Capt. Juan Figueroa-Longo, MD, Santurce, Puerto Rico, and an unidentified trooper.
Your help in identifying the remaining persons in the photo will be greatly appreciated. We will display the second photo in the weeks to come.