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(clearly a long shot!!!)
Currently, I am engaged in research concerning the second cruise of the German unterseeboot U-123 along the Georgia coast on 8 April 1942.
For your guidance, U-123 spent the daylight hours submerged south of Savannah, off the coastal barrier island in Wassaw Sound, then surfaced at sunset, and cruised on the surface toward the port city of Brunswick, GA; where it encountered and sank two tankers, SS Oklahoma and ESSO Baton Rouge, respectively.
A log entry dated 8 April 1942, 0305 hours, made by J. F. Maloney, Lt (j.g) USNR, in the U.S. Navy's Eastern Sea Frontier daily war journal stated:
At 0305 12 miles N/E of Brunswick, Georgia an Eastern Airlines pilot saw gunfire and explosions below. Planes were sent to the vicinity immediately and at daybreak at 31°-22'N; 80°-53'W a still smoking hull with no personnel aboard was sighted. Three boatloads of survivors and one dead person were landed at St. Simons Island. Name of ship may be WILMERDING.
This ship was in fact not the Wilmerding, but the Texaco tanker S.S. Oklahoma being subjected to twelve rounds from the 10.5 cm deck gun of U-123, which sent her to the sea floor.
This region of Georgia was situated along the Richmond - Jacksonville - Miami air route.
I am trying to learn:
1.) Which Eastern Airlines Flight this might have been
2.) Who the pilot was
3.) Which type of aircraft was he flying, DC-2 or DC-3, and finally,
4.) Where might I obtain a copy of the flight log for this voyage.
Can you help me, or point me to a source which might contain the answers to my questions?
Thank you for your time and consideration in this endeavor. I look forward to your reply.
Michael P. Higgins
I was with Eastern for 30 years in various jobs and locations. When in Miami as a gate agent I had a roommate name Wayne Stradley (not sure of the spelling). He became a pilot and while I was the operations agent in BDL, he came in on a flight and I learned he was a 727 captain. I would appreciate it if you could post this inquiry on your REPA website and maybe someone can give me some info on him… Thanks in advance for your assistance.
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