Hinsdale, IL Plane Crash, Sept 1961

D. O'MALIA, New York.
LINDA PEASLEE, Suncook, N. H.
MRS. J. SCHMIDT, boarded in Chicago.
BOB SEIGEL, traveling on government transportation receipt issued in Santa Monica.
MRS. MARIE-THERESE SCHILINQUER, Boston, French translator for Christian Science Publishing, Co., en route for visit in San Francisco, formerly her home.
ALBERT SKURCENSKI, Inglewood, en route home after visit with SKURCENSKI'S mother in Pittsburgh.
MISS SUN, New York.
MRS. CAROL W. WALLS, Streator, Ill.
WALLS Infant.
MRS. ESTELLA WOODS, 67, 5865 Agra St., Bell Gardens, where lived with daughter, MRS. GERTRUDE PRITCHARD; been visiting at Binghamton, N. Y., with families of her son, MALVERN, and two daughters, MRS. HERBERT LOBBELL and MRS. LORETTA PERRY.
MRS. S. WOOD, boarded at Pittsburgh.
WALDREN, New York.
NANCY WALKER, 17, Oakland, Calif., daughter of MR. AND MRS. RAYMOND A. WALKER, Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical, Co.
Capt. R. SANDERS, boarded at Chicago, apparently not related to Capt. JAMES H. SANDERS, plant's pilot.
The Crew:
Capt. JAMES H. SANDERS, Manhattan Beach.
First Officer DALE TARRANT, Redondo Beach.
Flight Engineer JAMES C. NEWLIN, Balboa Beach.
Hostess NANETTE FIDGER, Hermosa Beach.
Hostess BARBARA J. PEARSON, Santa Monica.

San Mateo Times California 1961-09-01

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78 DIE IN PLUNGE AND FIERY EXPLOSION OF TWA PLANE AT CHICAGO; NO SURVIVORS.

Disaster Ninth Worst in Aviation's History; Wreckage Combed for Clues.

Radio Ham Monitored Pilot's Last Words: 'Got an Electrical Fire - What Should I Do?'

Corn Field Littered with Bodies of Victims; Rain Shields Ghoulish Looters Robbing Dead.

HINSDALE, Ill. (UPI) - A Trans World Airlines Constellation with 78 persons aboard plunged to earth today and exploded with such a roar that householders feared an atomic bomb had fallen. There were no survivors.
TWA officials in Chicago raised the death count from 77 to 78 seven hours after the crash with the discovery that an infant, JAMES CHAMBERLAIN, had been on board the ill-fated Boston-to-San Francisco flight with his family.
The all-coach plane, carrying some families of vacationers on their way to Labor Day weekend holidays, was enveloped in a ball of orange flame at 2:06 a. m. CDT, three minutes after it had roared off the runway at Chicago's Midway field bound for Las Vegas, Nev.
The plane plummeted like an arrow into a corn and soybean field on the outskirts of the community of Clarendon Hills, close by this western Chicago suburb.

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Hinsdale, IL Plane Crash

I just read the above comment. The captain of the plane during the Hinsdale crash was James H. Sanders. Mr. Sanders was the captain of the B-17 my father flew on during WW2. He flew them through 25 missions with no accidents and no loss of life, which was very rare. He and my father were one of the original group of men sent to England to fly bombing missions over Europe. I have researched Mr. Sanders and been in contact with one of his relatives. I did not know that he was a last minute addition to the Hinsdale crew. Mr. Sanders was an amazing pilot - and all of this loss of life and guilt is simply heartbreaking. If you want more information about Mr. Sanders, you can visit my website www.ekmark.wix.com/rumboogie - Rum Boogie was the name of the plane they flew on.
Vicki Ekmark
ekmarv62@hotmail.com

Correction

The pilot's name was James H. Sanders not James S. Sanders - my apologies.

Hinsdale, IL Plane Crash

Hi Janet,
I was very intrigued by your information above. I had never heard this before. I am interested because the captain of the plane that night, James S. Sanders, was the captain of my dad's B-17 during World War II. They were one of the original cadre of men to go to England to fly bombing missions. Captain Sanders flew 25 missions for the Rum Boogie crew (the name of the plane), and they never crashed or were shot down, which was almost unheard of. He was an amazing pilot. I have a page on my website (dedicated to the RB crew) for Captain Sanders. I have been in contact with relatives of his, but this is the first I knew of this. It is all so heartbreaking - I can imagine the guilt your father must have felt. Feel free to visit my website: www.ekmark.wix.com/rumboogie for more information.

Carol Walls and her infant son were passengers on this flight

I was 7 years old when my Grandmother came to our front door. She told us Carol Walls and her infant baby boy were killed on this doomed TWA flight. Carol was from Streator, IL... She was returning home to
Los Angeles, CA...
Ironically, Carrol was in our hometown for the funeral of our oldest Brother's infant child who died from SIDS. As one can imagine Labor-day was a very difficult for the Olesen family.
RIP: Carol Olesen Walls

Carol Walls and her infant son were passengers on this flight

I was 7 years old when my Grandmother came to our front door. She told us Carol Walls and her infant baby boy were killed on this doomed TWA flight. Carol was from Streator, IL... She was returning home to
Los Angeles, CA...
Ironically, Carrol was in our hometown for the funeral of our oldest Brother's infant child who died from SIDS. As one can imagine Labor-day was a very difficult for the Olesen family.
RIP: Carol Olesen Walls

Roger Berrif

I was born in Jan 62 after Roger died, and he was not aware he had a son. Would like to know more about him. Are you able to help?

You are correct Mr. Lincoln.

You are correct Mr. Lincoln. Thank you for clarifying the matter.

Chamberlain family

Ted Chamberlain and his wife Nancy were my parents' best friends. Ted and my father were both very successful architects working at my father's firm, Stedman & Williams, AIA, in Palo Alto, CA. I remember my parents' horror when they heard about this tragedy.
I remember they were a wonderful family. This crash was the first time I remember people talking about the need for families to split up when they travel by plane (notice how many others victims are families).

Marilyn Waldron

Robert Hemken Jr., I am Marilyn's cousin. Her mother & my father were siblings. I was 22 when she was killed. I remember the day the Waldron's all left New York State for their cross country trek to live in California. You are Elaine's son correct?

Nancy Grant Chamberlain was

Nancy Grant Chamberlain was the daughter or Eugene L Grant who was professor at Stanford University. Her father was a pioneer in the area of Industrial Engineering and Quality Control.