I tried in all sincerity to say thank you in my book, only to have a young lawyer from New York City phone me in no uncertain terms that I had not only acknowledged the wrong crew, but had the wrong airline. His father was the crew leader and the plane was a U. Air Force transport carrier going in the opposite direction. Embarrassing is an understatement. You can read about that aircraft and crew and that feat of heroism in this website. And thank you again and again for all of the hundreds of heroes who made it possible for us to celebrate this year and all of those anniversaries in the past.
These heartfelt thanks include the lovely nurses at Mercy Hospital in Cork, five of whom came to the party to celebrate the release of my book, Born Again Irishon anniversary Many years later, they were still beautiful, even dressed in the traditional black robes of catholic nuns.
What different and interesting roads we all take on this journey of life. No two of us can be the same.
We all do the best we can at whatever time we are doing it and we keep moving on. And one more important thank you to our hero, Captain John Murray, for his skill and judgement that dark night in that saved so many lives.
Every tragedy has its unusual or quirky circumstances. Some are very, very sad. Others are almost humorous. Most would be nearly impossible to imagine in advance. After the crash he made a resolution: he will never again board a plane when the flight number is the same as the date. And to this date, as far as we know, he has stayed true to his resolution. A few days after rescue, while the injured troops attempted to heal in their hospital beds, insurance adjusters were busy trying make settlements to help cover losses.
One offered flight insurance for as little as 25 cents and the other offered cigarettes for 25 cents. I reached into my pocket and found a quarter, the only change I had. In fact it was the only money I had, having not being able to go to a bank. Guess which one I chose? Raul Acevedo had injuries in his legs, right ankle, right hip, neck and back.
He was one of the new paratroopers evacuated from the rescue ship at Galley Head and flown to Cork City for basic hospital treatment. He was later taken to an Air Force Hospital in England where he spent several weeks of intensive treatment. Eventually, he was discharged and sent on to his assignment in Germany. You can see his full story by clicking here.
His parents were not in the United States at the time of the crash, but were instead at Flying North (High Altitude Extended Play) home in Mexico. They did not even know that he was drafted into the Army. It was a shock to them to hear of the Flying Tiger ditching and his hospitalization through a friend who sent them a story that appeared in the LA Times front page.
His father passed out with the news when he was able to contact them by phone. He felt he had to see them to prove that he was still in good condition. He took the traditional channels to seek permission for getting a special leave, but felt he was getting no where. Finally, he had an idea, to write to the commander in chief, John F.
The story mentioned above details the very careful and effective process. He sent his certified letter off and had to wait.
A few months went by and an officer from higher command came looking for him. His home base officers were surprised and somewhat alarmed, since all he had to do was ask them. When he reminded them of the number of times he had asked, they understood that he was genuinely concerned, he had tried the chain of command several times and really needed to report to his family.
She took the flight as a back-up for a colleague. Carol had planned to stay at home to work on her upcoming wedding. Carol kept her cool throughout the entire preparation for ditching, offering kind and comforting words for everyone. She had never experienced a water landing before, but she was a professional and knew the exercise. She assured everyone that they would make it safely.
Even after the extremely violent crash, she was immediately helpful to every survivor within her reach. She treated several of the injured on the rocking and pitching raft, even though no first aid kit was available. The lone kit intended for use was totally out of reach, zipped in a safety pocket under the upside down raft. Carol led a group in song, especially after one of the injured women began to scream upon seeing the lights of the approaching rescue ship and thinking it was a Russian military ship.
She was convinced the Russians would hold off far enough away to wait for everyone to die or was there to take them all as cold war prisoners to frozen Siberia. Carol, who was the only surviving stewardess, lifted many spirits that night, on the lone rubber life raft and later on the rescue ship Celerina. Upon returning home to New Jersey, she gave up flying as a stewardess and became a tour guide, emphasizing world wide travel. Tragedy Leads to Unexpected Career Change.
Newly minted combat paratrooper, Fred Caruso, son of a second generation Italian immigrant family in New York, gained unexpected notoriety by writing a very detailed description of the plane crash, beginning with the fire in engine number three which burst into flame right out of his window.
His day was going down hill fast and the fire was the last straw. His writing began soon after making it to safety on the Celerinaand continued until the evacuation at Galley Head. That writing, in the form of a letter to his parents in New York resulted in a full front page of a widely read British newspaper, the Daily Mail. That twist of fate soon led to his finding an opportunity as an Army journalist, which ultimately led to his final assignment at the Stars and Stripes News in Darmstadt, the same place as Peter Foley worked at the time of the crash.
The journalism experience led him into a Flying North (High Altitude Extended Play) career. It was the rescue and evacuation to Ireland that led him on a lifelong quest to become an Irishman himself. The experience at the Stars and Stripes inspired hime to finish his last two years of college at the University of Montana School of Journalism at Missoula, Montana.
This led to meeting his eventual bride, an Irish lass who was also pursuing a journalism degree. Montana has an extremely high number of Irish immigrants, mainly due to the copper mines at Butte. Marriage into a second generation Irish family led to the pursuit of Irish roots, which led to both of them becoming full Irish citizens.
They soon purchased an Irish farmhouse not far from the point of rescue at Galley Head near Cork City. The two of them began exploring leads on the little known crash of the Flying Tiger, all of which led to the 50th anniversary memorial at Galley Head. Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction.
Captain John Murray held 78 lives in the palms of his hands. The weather was horrible. It was dark and the winds were nearly gale force. His Flying Tiger was limping on only one engine.
The other three were dead. He held tight to the controls as he searched the darkness for a suitable stretch of sea to lay the big bird down at its final resting place. The controls were shaking violently. He grasped all the more tightly. No stretch of water seemed safe enough. Even with almost no power left in its single remaining engine, the heavy aircraft was moving too fast to skip to a soft landing. The ocean troughs and valleys were getting shorter but steeper and more violent. He concentrated and prayed for an inspiration.
There had to be a place where he could put down without disintegrating into a twist of metal and human bodies. Note: This article was previously published on November 11,soon after the launching of our memorial blog. Since then we have hadpublic views from around the world.
New readers may have missed it completely. He is the man who held our lives, and his own life, in his hands. Had it not been for Captain Murray, it is unlikely you would be reading this story today. Captain John D.
Murray, 44, of Oyster Flying North (High Altitude Extended Play), Long Island, knew 76 lives were at stake as he slowly brought down the Super Constellation in preparation for ditching in the howling winds and raging waves of the cold north Atlantic.
He faced a dilemma as he searched his way through the darkness: he could follow the recommended ditching strategy of putting the plane down between the troughs, or take advantage of the knot winds at sea level, which would cut his landing speed Flying North (High Altitude Extended Play) half. In Event of a Water Landing. The photo on the cover of the book to the left depicts the ideal water landing.
Reports of the ditching say the aircraft sank somewhere between two minutes and ten minutes after the splash down, probably closer to the ten minute side.
Captain Murray hit his head on the control panel and was bleeding to the extent that he could hardly see. He made his way out after retrieving a flashlight from the cockpit. He was most likely the last man out and was very late getting to the raft that was filled far beyond capacity. He was pulled in and he sat on the lap of a serviceman. Evidently the crew was aware of a possible rescue ship, but thought it might be 12 hours off. An aircraft had been following the Flying Tiger right up to its contact with the waves.
Because it had been following so close, it knew the position of the raft and soon began dropping flares to mark the location. The lone life raft that was to hold all survivors had accidently inflated upside-down. That caused the emergency lights along the upper rim of the raft to glow deep into the black waters, making them totally useless. The emergency kit that contained first aid materials and a badly needed flashlight was out of reach as well. The raft drifted at a rapid clip for nearly six hours, covering about 22 miles in that time.
Waves that seemed to glow in the dark splashed over the passengers, delivering a frigid chill every time. Finally a rescue ship came into sight, the Celerinaa Swiss freighter.
Due to the size of the waves, the recovery had to be handled with care. Rope ladders were thrown out to the raft and people began to cling to them.
The crew pulled the ladders up with passengers clinging to them, taking them into safety. Captain Murray was again one of the last to Flying North (High Altitude Extended Play) off the raft. When he had nearly reached the top, the ship pitched and he fell off, sinking into the dark waters alongside of the raft.
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