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 the captain. We have located some of them and have acquired a few photos.

Immediately below is a photo of Captain Lugli with his wife and daughter who both helped tending to the injured. The ship’s captain was the only crew member authorized to bring his family.

Captain's family.

To Captain Lugli’s left is his wife, Ginlioo, and on his right is daughter, Marie Laura, who was 22 at the time. Captain Luglie is wearing parachute wings above his jacket pocket.

4crew

Shown above, from left to right are Second Mate Aurelio Schiano di Pepe, Second Steward Jean-Claude Bovier, OS Pierre-Andre Reymond, and Mess boy Emil Kohler.

Below is a roster of the entire crew. The column “year” refers to year of birth.

Country Code:: I=Italy, CH=Switzerland, NL=Holland

No.

Last/First
name

Year
Birth

Function

Country

Enrolled

1

Lugli, Domenico

1911

Captain

I

06.05.1959

2

Fossanova Benito

1911

1st Mate

I

17.11.1961

3

Schiano di Pepe, Aurelio

1917

2nd Mate

I

05.04.1962

4

Razzini, Ormanno

1933

3rd Mate

I

05.04.1962

5

Stöckli, Georg

1932

Radio operator

CH

17.07.1962

6

Neumann, Antonio

1924

Chief Engineer

I

05.04.1962

7

Van Kopenhagen, Hetrbertus

1932

2nd Engineer

NL

19.07.1962

8

Michel,
Fritz

1933

3rd Engineer

CH

06.04.1962

9

Brattoli,
Giovanni

1936

4th Engineer

I

05.04.1962

10

Amato, Vincenzo

1923

Bosun

I

09.01.1962

11

Wunderlin, Walter

1933

Carpenter

CH

07.04.1962

12

Corenna, Antonio

1942

AB Sailor

I

05.04.1962

13

Fasciano, Paolo

1929

AB Sailor

I

09.01.1962

14

Gadaleta, Giuseppe

1939

AB Sailor

I

05.04.1939

15

Spampinato, Giuseppe

1939

AB Sailor

I

05.04.1962

16

Zaza,
Sergio

1930

AB Sailor

I

05.04.1939

17

Mazzola, Nicola

1921

AB Sailor

I

23.08.1962

18

Garny, Raymond

1945

OS

CH

21.11.1961

19

Reymond, Pierre-André

1943

OS

CH

01.12.1961

20

Campisi, Giuseppe

1934

Donkeyman

I

01.12.1961

21

Janka, Markus

1940

Electrician

CH

06.04.1962

22

Cappelluti, Francesco

1938

Motorman

I

05.04.1962

23

Facchini, Andrea

1924

Motorman

I

05.04.1962

24

Schüpbach, Georg

1939

Motorman

CH

11.07.1961

25

Schmid, Jakob

1941

Motorman

CH

09.01.1962

26

Mettler,
Kurt

1940

Motorman

CH

07.04.1962

27

Carnal, Martial

1942

Cleaner

CH

20.08.1962

28

Salvemini, Giuseppe

1942

Cleaner

I

05.04.1962

29

Unghy,
Jean

1935

Chef-Steward

CH

16.07.1962

30

Bovier,
Jean-Claude

1941

2nd Steward

CH

23.01.1962

31

Binggeli, Michel

1940

Chief cook

CH

16.07.1962

32

Michel, Andreas

1941

2nd cook

CH

20.08.1962

33

Kohler,
Emil

1941

Messboy

CH

30.08.1962

34

Aeppli,
Josef

1930

Messboy

CH

23.08.1962

About Fred Caruso

Survivor of the crash of Flying Tiger 923. at night, at sea, 500 miles off the west coast of Ireland, with 28 deaths and 48 survivors, September 23, 1962.
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3 Responses to Seeking Celerina crew members

  1. lyricspinner says:

    Mine is the miracle story that no one has ever heard
    I was eight years old at the time
    My mother had arrived at Mcguire Air Force Base 10 minutes late for flight 923. It was my four-year-old brother and six-month old sister and I with her and she explained to the guard at the gate that she needed to board the plane. He told her that he could not let her get on the plane that it was getting ready for takeoff and that she would have to take the next flight out. That plane ladies and gentleman is the one that I was supposed to be on. My father already heard the news as he was waiting for us at the reception at Rhine Main Air Force Base in Frankfurt Germany. Please if there is anyone out there that was on that flight please contact me. Can call me direct at 703-376-1274 or email me thank you

  2. gabriele razzini says:

    sono il figlio di ormanno razzini abito a lerici in liguria italia è una bella iniziativa

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