Hinsdale, IL Plane Crash, Sept 1961

Seven apparent members of a family called MALONEY, including at least one infant, boarded the doomed Flight 529 at New York.
The four-engine plane was an all-coach flight called the "Sky Coach." It had made stops at New York and Pittsburgh and was bound for Las Vegas.
The plane came down close to the Argonne National Laboratory, a major installation of the Atomic Energy Commission at Lemont. The explosion and flames rising from the wreckage were so intense that the thought of a nuclear explosion sprang to the minds of many witnesses.

Like Atomic Bomb
A MRS. REHAK said she thought to herself, "Dear God, what is this - the bomb?" Householder CHARLES GEORGE, whose home was narrowly missed by the falling plane, said "It sounded like an atomic bomb." A Bensenville policeman saw the flames in the sky and said "I thought the Argonne Laboratory had blown up."
One of the thousands who rushed to the charred corn field was the ham radio operator who said he had tuned in by accident on the last scraps of conversation between pilot JAMES H. SANDERS, 40, Manhattan Beach, Calif., and the control tower at Midway.
The plane narrowly missed a cluster of 12 to 13 homes as it came down. Residents could see the tail lights flashing before their windows a split second before the crash.
In an instant, the white flame turned a noonday sun glare upon the field. Streams of gasoline carried liquid fire into front yards. The acrid smell of burning corn rose above the field.
The wreckage was strewn over an area 900 feet long and 300 feet wide. So were the victims. Their bodies and their shattered luggage littered neighborhod[sic] back yards.
One body was that of a woman with a child clutched in her arms. Two bodies had been blown into a tool shed. A small hill close to the wreck was dotted with the bodies of victims.
With the coming of light, the bodies were placed in black plastic bags and taken in a caravan of ambulances to the Cook County Morgue in Chicago.
The operation was halted briefly when the supply of plastic bags ran out.
White robed attendants at the morgue put tickets on the bags carrying designations such as "E-16" and "E-34" A silent crowd watched the bodies being carried into the morgue.
Each black bag encases a tragedy of its own.
There were four girls, all 20 years old and all from the village of Suncook, N. H. CAROL CHASE, LINDA ANNIS, LINDA PEASLEY and NANCY BERGSTROM were heading for Los Angeles in hopes of finding jobs and settling down in Southern California. An aunt of one of the girls said they found life back in Suncook "too dead."
RICHARD MALONEY and his wife had taken their four children on a trip to see the youngsters' grandparents near Scranton, Pa. They took the fated Flight 529 for their trip back to Canoga Park, Calif.
MR. AND MRS. GLENN KRAFT of Charleroi, Pa., were on their way to visit their son, his wife, and their three children near Los Angeles during the holidays.
MRS. FRANCES GILLIAM had taken her children, DENTON, 14, KAREN, 11, TOMMY, 7, and LINDA JO, 4, to see her parents in New Bedford, Mass. They, too, took Flight 529 back to Eureka, Calif.

Edwardsville Intelligencer Illinois 1961-09-01

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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?