It is with the heaviest heart and the most sorrow that I must report to all that Duane Crawford has passed away. This gentleman was intstrumental in bringing so many flight 11 families together over the years. He has arranged countless details to do with the commemoration services in 2010 and 2012 and has corresponded with so many different people connected with the crash. He tied all the loose ends together and he was someone I considered a great friend and humanitarian. Duane was instrumental in arranging a number of trips to the crash site as well as organising my own trip to the USA in 2012 to attend the 50th anniversary service. The world has lost a truly tremendous person. Without him this blog would never have gone on and Flight 11 would remain forgotten.
Friday, 13 January 2017
Thursday, 12 January 2017
As many of you will be aware about three years ago I started writing the Flight 11 book detailing my experiences and involvement with the flight. It went into detail about some of the people I encountered along the way, this blog and countless bits of information from various correspondence I had received since starting my blog in 2007 and so on. Sadly no professional publishers have ever been interested in publishing the manuscript and I worked for three years altering it and tweaking it. Some people who read it have personally found it a good read. I did consider self publishing in late 2015 but as 2016 slipped by it fell by the wayside. At any rate there is a manuscript and anyone wishing to read the Flight 11 story is welcome to a digital copy via email of the manuscript. I may look to self publish at some point in the future. 2016 was a particularly rough year for me personally and so I've kept things low key via here. As always if any new information comes to light or there's anything further anyone needs to add don't hesitate to contact me. Happy New Year and here's to a successful and prosperous 2017.
Sunday, 19 June 2016
Some weeks ago I was alerted by Duane Crawford of the re-discovery, after 54 years, of two items of jewelry that had been sitting in a home in Centerville Iowa since just after the crash of Flight 11. It seems these pieces ,a Boeing 707 brooch and a panther brooch both in gold, we're discovered in a field a few days after Flight 11 went down. The assumption has been that they were from the aircraft. It seems they were taken to a private residence and have only resurfaced over five decades later. If anyone has any information it would be greatly appreciated as the family of the owner would appreciate having them back.
Thursday, 26 May 2016
Sandy and Duane Crawford were kind enough to arrange a wreath to be displayed at the memorial stone site in the centre of Unionville to mark the 54th anniversary on May 22. Such a kind and beautiful gesture to honour those passengers and crew whose lives were horribly cut short on May 22 1962.
Monday, 23 May 2016
The Missouri aviation historical society was good enough to place a message about the 54th anniversary of Continental Airlines Flight 11 on their Facebook page. The society seeks to preserve the role aviation has played in Missouri since the dawn of powered flight.
Sunday, 22 May 2016
This May 22nd marks the 54th anniversary of Continental Airlines Flight 11 and it's tragic end in a Missouri field just north west of Unionville, MO.
This blog continues to honor the memory of those innocent souls aboard the Boeing 707 and their lives which were tragically and ruthlessly cut short
Tuesday, 3 May 2016
I was heartened to read of the visit of the daughter of Freddie Gray,Captain of Flight 11 in March. Fredianne Gray and I have corresponded in the past and she finally made the trip to Unionville on March 21st. She visited the museum and crash site. Naturally it sounds as if she was given the usual VVIP treatment from the folks there. I am glad she got to see the area. She is a very special lady and sadly never knew her father before he set off on Flight 11. My continued gratitude to Duane Crawford for continuing to be the "go-to" contact in Unionville. As the years go by I'm certain more people will trickle on through to see where there loved ones perished all those years ago.