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Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Very special

This is a photo of the logo on the very special t shirt that the Horn family made for the 50th memorial. Thought I'd share it.

Crash site co-ordinates

It is with a thousand thanks to Mark Allis (of the Allen family from Hugo, Colorado) that I post the co-ordinates of the actual crash site here on the blog for future reference.

Mark dropped a "pin" at the site using his iphone (something I wouldn't have a clue of knowing how to do).

 40.559654º N
 93.042054º W
1,016 ft

Many thanks to Mark for this and to Tim Duley for sending me Mark's co-ordinates.

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Email address for future reference - 50th anniversary weekend in Unionville, MO

Since attending the 50th anniversary this weekend in the USA I have decided to place my email address here for all those who wish to contact me as I feel it isn't clear enough on previous blog posts/comments so here it is:

I do encourage families or people connected with Flight 11 to contact me regarding any further questions or comments that you feel should be up on this blog. I shall post an update of the 50th anniversary on the 1st June.

Also for anyone else with new or fresh information regarding this tragedy please don't hesitate to contact me although your posts and comments are always welcome here and will CONTINUE to be!


Wednesday, 23 May 2012

The 50th anniversary of Continental Airlines Flight 11 has appeared this morning on, a popular aviation enthusiast website. Interesting indeed.

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Crew and Passengers of Flight 11

Flight Crew: 

Captain Fred R. Gray
First Officer Edward J. Sullivan
Second Officer Roger D. Allen

Cabin Crew:

David E. M. Olssen (director of passenger services - this role was like a chief purser and unique to Continental)
Marilyn I. Bloomquist
Mary R. McGrath
Martha J. Rush
Stella Ann Berry


Jack D. Alexander
Kenneth H. Berger
Marcus C Brand
David D. Bowman
Beauford M. Carter
William C. Chapin
James A. Clarity, Jr.
Tommy J. Cox
Geneva O. Fraley
Clyde D. Fritz
Robert C. Gach
Philip E. Gilbertson, Sr.
Sidney H. Goldberg
Frank J. Grene, Jr.
Maurice E. Hamilton
John E. Hamm
Henry E. Hanna
Fred P. Herman
Philip I. Hoare
Marvin Dale Horn
Edward A. Kuhn
Robert L. Miller
Virgil W. Mourning
Takehiko Nakano
Ross A. Reid
Andrew P. Roucka
Bruce Stewart
Robert G. Tabors
Rex O. Thomas
Benjamin F. Tuttle
Edward C. Waffle
Clifford L. Walton
James R. Webb
Roger Welch
Bobby J. Wilks
Russell W. Wolfe

The Aircraft:
N70775, Boeing 707-124 built in 1959 for Cubana Airlines but went to Continental Airlines instead.

The Flight:
"CO11"/"CAL11" Chicago-Kansas City-Los Angeles.

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Programme for May 26th 50th anniversary memorial service. Unionville, Missouri

Unionville, Missouri
Saturday, May 26, 2012
EMCEE: Danny Peto
INVOCATION: Pastor Gene Weece
WELCOME: Mayor Don Fowler
* POSTING OF COLORS: By veterans
(Raising of the Colors by veterans)
PATRIOTIC SONG: “America the
Beautiful” by Jana Young
GUEST SPEAKER: Andrew Russell
KEYNOTES: “God Bless America” and
“Amazing Grace”
ROLL CALL: Kathryn Hamilton and Jo-
Ellen Horn
John Berry and Frank Grene Weil
* TAPS: Talon Henderson
* BENEDICTION: Pastor Kathy Morrison
Usherettes: Putnam County High School Students
NOTE: Unless specifically invited, please bring your own chair.
In case of inclement weather the service will be held in the Putnam
County R-1 Schools Auditorium.


This aired on KCCI on Tuesday night out of Des Moines, Iowa.


As many of you will know on Saturday May 26th 2012 there will be the 50th anniversary memorial service for Continental Flight 11 in Unionville, Missouri. Many plan to attend the event and Mr Duane Crawford, the local man who kick-started the original push for a memorial is the principal organizer of this event. Duane wanted me to pass on some details of the memorial service to all of you via here.

Firstly Duane's email address is: This is the best place to contact Mr Crawford  for arranging your visit to Unionville. He will handle all the details or his daughter Sandee will respond either way.

Continental Airlines Flight 11 50th anniversary memorial:

Where & When: North-east corner of Unionville Town Square opposite Veterans Memorial in Unionville, Missouri. If you come from Centerville, Iowa, turn left and stop at the only stop light and then proceed 3-4 blocks to the square.

**The service will commence at 10:30am.

You'll see a large church (Methodist) on your left so if you see this you're heading in the right direction.

In case of inclement weather, the program will be held in the Putnam County R-1 Schools Auditorium. To get to this school, take 19th Street south from the Methodist Church, past two stop signs to Garfield Street. Take a right and go one block to 20th street. Turn left into 20th and you'll see the school.

**There will also be a visit to the crash site afterwards (after lunch) with limited transportation available. Please email Mr Crawford if you wish to see the site.

**What to wear: Casual attire and some good shoes for going into a paddock if you wish to visit the  actual crash site. If you don't wish to visit the site then just normal smart casual clothing.

Lunch: At the Methodist church right after the memorial service.

Dinner and Theatre: Later in the evening there will be a dinner at the Manhattan Restaurant in Centerville, Iowa. Dinner is $17.50 per person and the theatre is $8.50.

Dinner and theater payments simple to expedite things.  During the dinner, we’ll all sit together in one big room and maybe an overflow table or two.  Duane will simply pay the cashier for everyone so you can pay him there and he'll go up and sort out the cheque. 
**Country Music Show at Rathburn Theatre: As for the theatre, Duane will give those attending a ticket or pass that will read “Flight 11, 5/26/12”. Please let Duane know via his email address (top of the page) ASAP.  Duane will have one sheet set of directions to give your driver or co-pilot during dinner.
**To get to the theatre from the Manhattan Restaurant, continue north on Highway 5 from the restaurant, pass the Super 8 and Wal Mart and leave the city limits. It is a 25 minute drive, but watch for deer at night in this rural area. You'll come to a small yellow and blue sign at 6.4 miles from the Manhattan. It's a country road "J29". There is a direction arrow along the road that points towards the direction of theatre. Turn LEFT onto "J29" and cross some railroad tracks after a while. You'll pass through the village of Rathburn shortly thereafter. From there you will come to  4-way stop sign at a 4.4 mile mark from J29. Turn right, cross the Rathburn Dam and continue for about three quarters of a mile. The large metal theatre sits next to the road on the east.

For further contact details please email Mr Crawford ASAP and he will have further contact details for you if you need to phone him etc.

Saturday, 5 May 2012

May 2012

It is coming up to nearly the fiftieth anniversary of that day when so many of your had your lives changed forever. 50 years ago ordinary folks boarded Flight 11; a flight that would change so many lives forever after.

It took 48 years for a memorial and around 46 for someone to actually bring what happened back to the fore. 

I started this blog never having even dreamed of what this would bring about. It has been an utter privilege to have you tell your stories to me and for you to open up to a complete stranger on the other side of the world.

Flight 11 has been history, intrigue, disaster, loss, grief, friends and most importantly, family. 

None of the people who have contacted me deserved to lose their loved ones just as much as those aboard did not deserve to die that evening. However the most important thing now is that there is finally the memorial put in place and that this 50th anniversary will firmly cement what happened in Unionville for generations to come.