Category Archives: rescue teams

the ships, helicopters, etc

Lack of lighting weighs in on death toll

Refusal of US to Require Lights Weighed as Factor in Airliner Death Toll By Richard Witkin for wire services From the New York Times The role played by a flashlight in the rescue of survivors of the airliner crash in … Continue reading

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Video – Raging Seas of the North Atlantic

YouTube Video: 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 … Continue reading

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How did the rescue ship get its name?

To many of the survivors of Flying Tiger 923, the name of the Swiss ship, Celerina, means “rescue, safety. survival and life.” But what is the true meaning of the name?    Immediately after the ditching in late September 1962, … Continue reading

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Ode to Big Bird (Flying Tiger 923)

A Memorial Poem For the “Big Bird” Flying Tiger Flight 923 By Garret  Ahern, Dublin, Ireland ‘Big Bird’ Out from New Jersey, Big bird spreading wings, Trundling east-ward, in War-cold nineteen-sixty-two. Three-score souls and ten- And more aboard, Service by … Continue reading

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Flying Tiger Memorial Begins at Galley Head

Present-day southwest Ireland was the scene of an historic first on April 17. The “first” was the beginning of the public announcement of the 50-year Memorial to Flying Tiger Flight 923, that crashed 500 miles off of the Irish west … Continue reading

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17 Airlifted to the Emerald Island

The skies were crystal clear, the sun was brilliant, and the ocean winds were calm that day in dramatic contrast to the previous three days of cold, tumultuous seas driven by gale force winds. The Swiss rescue ship Celerena lay … Continue reading

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CAB Report Available for Free Download

Thirty seven pages, single sided, in 1962. How big would this report be today, 50 years later? A complete copy of the “Aircraft Accident Report by the Civil Aeronautics Board,” released September 13, 1963 is available here in Adobe PDF … Continue reading

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Capt. LC Lugli and Anthony Neumann: Reminiscences and Complications of a Rescue at Sea

In the chaos of foam of the sea and the wave crests, suddenly appears in a small clear light, certainly that of a torch in hand. On it we direct cone reflectors that reveal a life raft captured between the waves that … Continue reading

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Samuel Nicholson: He controls launch of life raft

“I pulled open the rear door and a wave at least 10 feet high knocked me over. I got up and threw the un-inflated raft out of the back door. Unfortunately the rope which was tying it to the aircraft … Continue reading

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Bonaventure: The invisible giant!

It was accompanied by five destroyer escorts, the Aircraft Carrier Bonaventure. In total, those ships accounted for a gigantic amount of naval tonnage, manned in total by several thousand sailors and air force pilots. It was there to support the rescue, which … Continue reading

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