Ilyushin96M From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2609 posts, RR: 13 Posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1245 times:
When I was young, I was told by my mother that her great-grandmother, Mrs. Catherine E. Willey, died in the sinking of the Cunard liner the RMS Lusitania, torpedoed and sunk by a German U-boat on May 7, 1915.
My mother recently forwarded an e-mail with details regarding my great-great-grandmother. Mum's cousin is doing research on her and how she might have died.
"...when her (Mrs. Willey's) body was recovered, it was found off the island of Barry - South Wales. The body was shipped to New York on the SS Lapland on instructions of Thomas Cook & Sons on the 19th of May, 1915. Her property was handed to the American consul in Cardiff.
The following description of her remains were as follows:
Age approx. 50 with hair dyed black and wearing white apparell & 5.6 3/4 inches tall.
The following property was found on her:
Gold unstamped bangle with 17 diamonds
1 american split ring
1 pearl necklace + pearl screw earrings
4 gold rings from middle finger
1 platinum ring with 2 large diamonds"
Receiving this information made what I was told as a kid seem more real and tangible, and even saddening.
Marco From United Arab Emirates, joined Jul 2000, 4168 posts, RR: 17 Reply 1, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1231 times:
Well I've been told that lots of my relatives perished in the 1910s during the Turkish genocide of the Assyrians/Armenians. My great grandparents fortunately made it out of Turkey alive. We "supposedly" have a village in Turkey with hidden treasures! Hmmm....
Barcode From Switzerland, joined Dec 2001, 678 posts, RR: 12 Reply 4, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1203 times:
Eeeeekkk !!! I've never understood my friends who do not seem perplexed by living in an earthquake zone ( read: California ) ... but whatever works for you ...
But yes, My Dad and I survived a tornado which levelled several buildings down the road - the funny thing is we just thought it was stormier than usual when the windows began to rattle, and something sounding like a train was coming down the road. So I went back to bed. It was only when I woke up the following morning that I noticed we were minus a conservatory, half the roof was missing, and the tornado had made the national news.
Mx5_boy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1194 times:
Whether this is relevant or not, my Aunt Elizabeth has missed two fatal crashes through sheer luck. Which sent her in the search for spiritualism!
The first was the 1977 Granville train disaster in Sydney. My Aunt always got this train in the morning and would have through habit gotten into the carriages that were crushed by the bridge that collapsed on it. That morning she was running late and missed the train at Parramatta station as it pulled out.
The second was the Mt Erebus NZ disaster, she was booked on the sightseeing flight and missed the connecting SYD-AKL flight because of a late running taxi to the airport.
I personally missed the SFO earthquake by mere hours after flying out from SFO a couple of hours beforehand to HNL. We were told inflight just before we landed that there had been an earthquake. It was really scary as when I got to the hotel, every one had to be above the 13th (yeah) floor for fear of a Tsunami. I had a young girl of 16 and an elderly woman share my room which was on the 18th floor. We watched the earthquake horror unfold live on television. I VCR'ed it from the hotel bedroom.
Heavymetal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1158 times:
In 1942 my grandparents were to celebrate their 7th wedding anniversary with friends with a night out on the town in Boston. But my grandfather came down with a really humdinger of a sinus related ear-ache. The night was called off and both they and their friends stayed at home in the burbs.
Their intended destination that evening was the Coconut Groove nightclub. An earache prevented them from missing one of the most horrific fires in American history. Nearly 500 people died when a spark ignited the nearly wall to wall, floor to ceiling South Pacific motiff decorations, all highly flammable.
Airplanenut From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 649 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1140 times:
One of my relatives was on a bombed ship in WWII... everyone on the ship was watching a movie they had just been sent while he alone was writing letters to family on the other side of the ship. The ship was bombed where the movie watchers were, and he was the only one to survive... got a purple heart for it...
My great-uncle got frost-bite just before The Battle of the Bulge. The short amount of time he was out saved his life. For his injuries, he got a purple heart. I don't know if anyone from his group of soldiers survived.
PS- I believe 12 of my family members were killed in the Holocaust in the camps.
Victech From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 546 posts, RR: 2 Reply 9, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1119 times:
My uncle works in the Pentagon--he was late to work on Sept 11, he left his badge and bag at home after dropping the kids off at school--he went home, turned on the TV for a second, and lost all track of time watching the events unfold.
PROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5529 posts, RR: 5 Reply 11, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1087 times:
My great-great grandfather, a couple of his sons (my great-uncles?) and several other relatives died in a fireworks factory explosion in Italy around 1900.
I was six or seven blocks from the World Trade Center when the south tower collapsed, although a nearby building blocked my view. It was a very loud roar, that's for sure.
"Let me think about it" = the coward's way of saying "no"
Flyguy1 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1713 posts, RR: 4 Reply 12, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1087 times:
My cousin worked on the 97th floor of the South tower. On 9-11, he had to take his daughter to school, if not for that he would have been there. There is no way to be certain, but a lot of his co-workers did not survive.
LH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 55 Reply 17, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1027 times:
Heavymetal: My grandparents were going going to go to the Coconut Grove that night too, but in the end decided to spend the night at home!
Nothing spectacular in my family, however a friend of my dad's was supposed to be on AA11 on 11 September, but had to cancel his trip at the last minute when his mother died the night before.
And me personally, I was in Hurricane Andrew in 1992. The eye of the storm was heading straight for where I was in Fort Lauderdale, however shortly before hitting Florida, the storm turned a little bit more to the west and ended up hitting about 25 miles to my south. It's kind of scary being 9 years old, and having people tell you what to do if the roof gets ripped off!
« On ne voit bien qu'avec le cœur. L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux » Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Heavymetal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 19, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1011 times:
LH....I wonder if your grandparents knew mine!?
My best friend's parents rode out Hurricane Andrew....in Kendall. (About twenty miles south of you.) Winds there topped 120 to 150 mph. They spent five hours inside the closet in their home's inner-hallway...just the two of them and the dog.
Not sure where you are tonight but we're getting our butts kicked by some pretty hefty thunderstorms here in Palm Beach.
AC320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 20, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1004 times:
Practically my whole family was in Poland at the time of the Nazi invasion. My great-grandfather, sensing bad things coming moved to Venezuela with his wife and urged his brother (the head of the family) to gather everyone and get out before it was too late. His brother took one tour of Venezuela and said that he would not stay nor advise the others to leave, calling the locals "uncivilized savages".................famous last words as the only savages were the ones who soon invaded Poland.
My great-grandfather and his wife were the only ones to survive out of a family of almost 100 (I saw an old family portrait). I cry every time I think of this.
Ilyushin96M From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2609 posts, RR: 13 Reply 24, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 971 times:
I think Flyingbronco05 meant the United Airlines 747-200 that lost a portion of its fuselage skin on climbout from HNL. Quite a few people were lost from the cabin when the right-hand forward cabin wall partially disintegrated, due to the loss of the forward cargo door. Can't remember the year that happened.
25 NWA742: Yes, I think Flyingbronco means the UA 747 flight out of HNL, I think 9 people were killed. As for my family, my Grandpa (Dad's side) was shot down in
26 FSPilot747: A family friend of our's daughter was booked on the flight from New Jersey which hit the WTC. She missed her flight because, if I'm not mistaken, she
27 Skyhawk: My family and I were in San Francisco a few years ago just a couple of days before its' earthquake. Because he(my husband) has a good friend that now
28 Flyingbronco05: Sorry! Yes I mean the 747. I know it was on the way to Hawaii or departing Hawaii. I can't remember.
29 Mr AirNZ: A family friend of our's daughter was booked on the flight from New Jersey which hit the WTC. She missed her flight because, if I'm not mistaken, she
30 QatarAirways: My uncle was coming back from a camping trip in the desert during the Gulf War. While he was driving a Scud Missile hit the same track he was on, if h
31 Jwenting: I survived a planecrash myself (plus an emergency landing on another flight). My grandfather fought in May 1940 against the invading Germans, he was 1
32 AeroGlobeAir7: I dunno if this counts, but my grandma survived the Oklahoma City tornado a couple of years ago. Her house was not touched but she was within a couple
33 Thom@s: A relative of mine, I think it was my dad's uncle, was killed in the "Alexander Kielland" disaster in 1980. The rig was experiencing a heavy storm in
34 Asbg: Some relatives were killed during the holocaust. We don't know how, where and when. Luckily enough the family of my grandparents fled to Portugal, Cub
35 LH423: Heavymetal: In the aftermath of the storm I remember reading so many stories about people who rode out the storm in interior closets and rooms or in b
36 Twaneedsnohelp: Cedarjet, I went to look up your friend Steve in the NYTimes Portraits of Grief section, but couldn't find his name. They don't claim to have everyone