Hinsdale, IL Plane Crash, Sept 1961

Stewardess Was To Have Wed Hoosier
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - NANETTE FIDGER, one of the hostesses killed in a TWA Constellation crash near Chicago today, had intended to make only one more flight before quitting to be married.
MISS FIDGER, daughter of MR. And MRS. JOHN FIDGER, JR., Speedway, had been flying as a hostess for TWA since June.
She had planned to quit her job to prepare for her marriage to JACK WYATT, a Crawfordsville insurance salesman who recently completed service as an Air Force pilot.
MISS FIDGER was a singer and dancer and appeared last spring with Foothte Musicals, an amateur group, in "Annie Get Your Gun" at the Zaring Theater. She was a graduate of Speedway High School and attended Indiana University.
Before her airline work, she worked for Murray Showrooms, Inc., a wholesale furniture firm here.

Marine, 20, Of LaPorte Is Killed
LA PORTE, Ind. (UPI) -A 20-year-old LaPorte youth returning to his Marine Corps base in California was among the persons listed as passengers on the ill-fated flight of a Trans-World Airlines plane which crashed near Chicago today.
He was TERRY LEE JONES, son of CARL F. JONES of LaPorte.
JONES bought a ticket to Los Angeles for the flight from Ray's Travel Service here Thursday and told the travel agent he was returning to his Marine Corps base.
Friends said JONES spent most of his childhood in LaPorte but had been away attending school and serving with the Marines since 1958.
Another of the passengers bought a ticket at Indianapolis but it was learned he had no Hoosier connections. He was identified as ROBERT GORDON.
GORDON purchased a ticket from the Hoosier Motor Club at Indianapolis and arrived in Chicago aboard an Eastern Airlines plane. His destination was San Francisco.
GORDON was identified by the Hoosier Motor Club as having a Bloomington, Ind., address on the Indiana University campus. The university said he was a graduate student at UCLA, Berkely, Calif., and come to Indiana for a conference with DR. RICHARD C. STARR of the botany department. GORDON studied under STARR during the summer at a Woods Hole, Mass., research station.

The Hammond Times Indiana 1961-09-01

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Comments

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?