Hinsdale, IL Plane Crash, Sept 1961

Ambulances from scores of suburbs rushed to the scene. Hundreds of persons drove to the field.
MRS. WILLIAM MOUCHE, whose home is about 150 feet from the wrecked plane, said "it was a roar, louder than a wind storm and it went right over our heads. Then there was a crash and a muffled boom. When I looked out the window, all I could see was fire."
DAN HEIDENREICH, who lives about three blocks from the scene of the crash, said: I saw a big ball of flames and right away started dressing. When I got to the crash sight, all I could see was a big fire and blackened bodies. They were all over."

A TWA Lockheed Super-Constellation was involved in aviation's worst disaster last Dec.16 when it and a United Air Lines DC8 collided over New York City, killing 134 persons.
A TWA Super-Constellation and a United Air Lines DC7 collided on June 30, 1956, over Arizona's Grand Canyon, killing 128 persons in the second worst commercial plane accident.

Crash - Then Only Silence
By William Shaffer
And Edmund D'Moch

HINSDALE, Ill. (AP) - CHESTER WADLEY, clad in pajama top and khaki pants, walked numbly through a floodlighted field of death early this morning with an armful of newspapers.
He was doing his best for 77 persons who perished in one of the worst plane crashes in U. S. aviation history.

"My God, man, all I'm trying to do is cover the dead," WADLEY, who lives two blocks from the crash site, blurted when a police officer asked for identification.
WADLEY, a certified public accountant, continued on his heart-breaking mission. Stopping at each blackened, lifeless form, he tore off a sheet of newspaper and placed it gently on a corpse. A mist fell.
"You know it's an unusual thing. I didn't hear any screams," WADLEY said. "I ran through the wreckage trying to find someone alive. I didn't find anyone alive."
That was the atmosphere as police, rescue workers - with no one to rescue - and residents ringed the smouldering fragmented bulk of the Trans World Airlines Constellation, burrowed in a cornfield in this western suburb of Chicago.

"Bodies are strewn all over the site. None of them will be removed until we can identify and tag them," said JAMES CLARK, Cook County deputy coroner.
JOSEPHINE BROZ who lives in one of five homes narrowly missed by the doomed plane, said: "I heard the plane fly low over the house. My husband and I woke up and jumped out of bed. It seemed as though the plane made a turn and came back again because we looked out the back of the house and saw the plane explode."
"The plane then hit the ground and bounced several times. We could see the wheels, the wings, everything – falling apart."
Another of the residents of the nearby homes, GRACE MOUCHE, said: "When I looked out the window all I could see was fire."

Mother, 4 Children Among Dead
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) - A mother and four children from Eureka, Calif., who were visiting in New Bedford, were among those aboard the plane which crashed today near Chicago.
MRS. N. GILLIAM and her children, two boys and two girls, had been visiting her parents, MR. AND MRS. LEMUEL H. BAGGARLY. They boarded the plane in Boston.
Four Suncook, N. H., girls, on a job-hunting expedition to the West Coast, were among those aboard the plane.
MRS. ROY GILBERT of Derry, N. H., said the four were her sister, CAROL CHASE; and LINDA ANNIS, LINDA PEASLEY, and NANCY BERGSTROM.
MRS. GILBERT said her sister was 20 years old and the other girls were either 20 or 21.
She said the four left Suncook - a village about nine miles southeast of Concord, drove to the airport in Boston and boarded the plane.

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James Newlin

James Newlin, the flight engineer, was my uncle Jim. My mother and I were in the kitchen of our home in Maryland listening to the radio when the news came on. When we heard about the crash, my mother said, "that's Uncle Jim's plane", as she knew his route. We were devastated as he was tall, handsome, and a very good person who has been much missed ever since.

Saw a grave in local

Saw a grave in local churchyard dedicated to Remnant Family who died in an air crash in 1961, just googled them and came across this site, it is fascinating to read and so sad for all the victims and their families.

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?