Tag Archives: Super Constellation

Those on board Flying Tiger 923 on the night of September 23, 1962

Few details were available on survivors and deceased during the first days following the crash of Flying Tiger 923. One of the first stories was from the New York Times.  That story consisted of a list of those on the … Continue reading

Posted in flight crew, new combat troopers, passengers | Tagged , , | 12 Comments

Hawiiaan mother and two children lost in raging sea

“I saw a child being thrown out a window by a man after the plane hit the Atlantic. The child was never seen again. The other child also vanished.” Rachael K. Hoopii, 32, of Waimanolo, Hawaii was on her way with two … Continue reading

Posted in passengers | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Survivor says little about the harrowing experience

“It has been almost 52 years since the plane ditched in the North Atlantic and you (the FT923 site editor) are the first one I have talked to about that night since I left Germany and the men that shared … Continue reading

Posted in new combat troopers | Tagged , , , , , | 4 Comments

Gordon Thornsberry: Mother’s scrapbook provides details of North Atlantic crash

Written and submitted by Gordon Thornsberry, Russellville, Arkansas Prologue My mother had a scrapbook on the crash which I inherited when she passed away. The scrapbook included telegrams, newspaper clippings, photos and a letter I wrote to my family detailing … Continue reading

Posted in new combat troopers | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Air Force Captain reflects on ditching-day horror

[A number of stories were written about Dr. Figueroa, with nearly all focusing on his untiring and heroic ministering to the medical needs of fellow survivors. This is his story. It is about his experiences and feelings about the flight … Continue reading

Posted in passengers | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

A watery grave was not to be — the Henrich family

Most likely the pilot and crew didn’t see the desperate mother and three children standing on the tarmac with the Military Police. They were waving frantically, trying to get their attention. If the pilot and crew did see them, they probably thought … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

World Crises Build in September 1962

September, 1962, was an intense month around the world, politically and militarily. Major issues dominated newspaper headlines. Among them were the Soviet Union’s involvement with Cuba (leading to the Cuban missile crisis), continuing tensions around the Berlin Wall, and the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments