Viewers' Reviews and Comments
Jennifer Yount (March 2023)
My father (Robert St. Lawrence) was a pilot stationed at Pax during this time. I don't know his rank in 1954 but when retired from the Navy he was a Commander and went on to fly the Constellation for American Airlines. According to my information he was one of the first Navy pilots to fly the Super Constellation and had flown the aircraft in question many times. He was also in the search party and knew many of the servicemen on board and the pilot. Mother said this disaster was devastating for him. Dad died in 1963 at age 42. I was still a child so, unfortunately, I never had a chance to talk to him about this event.
Beth K (April 2022)
Our uncle was on this flight - only 19 years old; James White. Was originally to be on a different flight. I don't think his siblings and family were aware of any services. If anyone from previous posts would like to connect or be able to share anything they may have from the services, we would so greatly appreciate it. A few siblings are still with us, several have passed on. I know they would appreciate any additional information. This was such a significant loss for the family. Unfortunately their father passed away in that same time period, unaware of Jimmy's fate. Thank you!
Stephanie Friedman(February 2022)
My great-uncle was on this flight. This was my mom's uncle. His name was Lt. David Samuel Roberts. I have letters his mom (my great-grandmother) saved from the government, from the service held for this AND actually a letter dated Oct. 31, 1954 just before their flight left. I would love any other information from you all. I just read the comment about Arlington and plan on looking in to this for him.
Patricia Warren (June 2021)
My husband's brother was on that flight. He had just finished bootcamp and was headed to Italy for his first assignment.
Kathleen E Cannon (June 2021)
My uncle was John Gerard Leonard, the pilot. His oldest child, a daughter was 10 years old at the time.she's my godmother. The two boys were about five and six weeks old. Jack's wife, Bette, never remarried and remained close to our family throughout her long life of 94 years. She was eternally devoted to her husband.
My father is being honored at a memorial flag flying ceremony in July and I invited like a mother to fly a flag with us for JGL in the new veterans Memorial Park in Newton Square, Pa in July. I wasn't really allowed to estimate questions about this because it was so upsetting to my grandmother and my mother.
Donald Parkes (February 2020)
Was stationed at pax river when the plane disappeared.. I was a flight radio operator and missed this flight by two in the rotation of radiomen.
Susan Curtin (October 2019)
My father was on Flight 441 out of Pax River, just 4 days after my 1st birthday. He was 22 years old. Still so many questions and hopes that someday the wreckage will be found; maybe then there will be some feelings of closure. I can't imagine what he and his fellow passengers must have experienced.
Melinda (September 2019)
My grandfather was on that flight as a passenger. His name was John Edward Gregg and was a radioman for the US Navy. We recently found some letters from him to my grandma and the last one was dated October 15, 1954 just 15 days before the plane's disappearance.
Janice Thomas Dunleavy, Annapolis MD (August 2019)
My brother Robert T. Thomas was aboard that flight that disappeared in October 1954 (Flight 441, Super Constellation). Two months later his son was born. Robert was assigned that flight in place of someone else. Our family living in Annapolis attended two ceremonies for the crew of that ill fated plane. The first was in the plane's hangar with the entire base and the second in the catholic chapel. With the Maritime Industry discoveries these days I and my family are still hopeful for an answer. In St Mary's Cemetery here in Annapolis my parents had a headstone erected for him. He was 32 years of age been in World War II flying over Japan and then assigned to MATS at Pax River in the early 50's.
Peggy Pflager (June 2019)
My father, James Pflager, was on that flight. The story I was told was that there was instrument trouble in one plane, they returned and obtained another plane. Soon after (early hours of October 31, 1954) they were never heard from again. My father was the radioman on the flight. Our house was packed up because he was finished with his service, however took the flight for a buddy whose wife was in labor. He has a grave site at Arlington National Cemetery. I tried to contact people who might have had family on this flight. It was done October 31, 2004, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the flight. Hopefully before I die, there will be some kind of evidence of the plane from the Atlantic Ocean.
Will Ruha (January 2019)
My Aunt was on that flight. She had flown the exact same route in a similar plane earlier, only to have it suffer trouble and return to base. She and the rest of the crew were then placed on this flight, only to have the same thing happen at the same location. The largest air and sea search in world history ensued, and not a trace of the plane was found.
Twenty years later, "Ghostbuster" Hans Holzer published a book of true ghost stories, one of which related the experience of a woman who woke up to the spectral figure of her brother at the foot of her bed, as though being viewed through a body of wavering water. She screamed, rushed downstairs to where her husband sat, reading the evening paper, when suddenly, the phone rang with news of her brother's disappearance on a flight into what was to become known as the "Bermuda Triangle."
Holzer's book listed his name, which, by strange synchronicity, matched that of the co-pilot listed on the airplane manifest indexed in a book I had just finished reading, Limbo of the Lost, which included my aunt's name. It was a psychic clue to the likelihood that the plane had gone down, for whatever mysterious reason.
My aunt was only 21. I was an infant of 5. That tragedy was a huge blow to our family. My grandparents never recovered. It aged my grandfather overnight. And when my 92-year-old grandmother lay dying, her last words were, "Now, perhaps, I'll find out what happened to Marianne." So sad.
R. Thomas (August 2018)
My Father (Robert Thomas) was not supposed to be on that flight but was assigned that flight at the last min. (according to my mother).
Robert F. Byrnes (February 2015)
I was a young LTJG scheduled to return to my ship in the Mediterranean after completing Naval Justice School in Newport RI. I was scheduled to fly flight 441 but requested 10 days leave before returning. One day before departure I received confirmation of my leave and was removed from the 441 passenger list. Several of the victims and their families had attended Justice School with me. I shall never forget watching the TV reports about the disaster.
I have heard about this airline disaster since I was a small girl. My mother was supposed to be on this flight but missed her connection and therefore missed this flight for which our entire family is grateful. We have been told that it was approx. 2 days later the family was informed of her safety. I was not aware until recently that this accident occurred near or above the Bermuda Triangle