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 feet. One totally overcrowded, upside-down rubber life raft built for a maximum of 25 held 51 people from Flying Tiger Lines Flight 923 on its way to from Newark, New Jersey to Frankfort, Germany. Three passengers died in the raft during the 6-hour ordeal of tossing, turning and spinning, and constant dousing with iced cold seawater with each passing wave.
Forty eight passengers and crew of a total of 76 on board the aircraft survived the journey from their point of ditching to rescue by the Swiss Freighter Celerina.
One crew member, 19-year-old Pierre-Andre Reymond had an 8 mm movie camera and shot 2 minutes and 20 seconds of film of the growing storm, not knowing of the drama to come only 12 hours later. The storm worsened and lasted for four days.
Thanks to Pierre-Andre, we are able to give readers an idea of conditions that went on through the night that cost the lives of 28.
Above, the rescue ship, the Celerina. Video can be found on YouTube.com
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I finished reading Tiger In The Sea late last night. I could not put it down. This story is so inspiring, and amazing! I’m not an overly religious person, but do believe that someone is watching over us. For me, perhaps it’s my parents who have been gone for thirty years now. I’m at a loss for words as I process this book. So inspiring!
Great informative site. I was 8 at that time, did not know anything about it and came across your site reading an Aviation History magazine book review. Amazing story!