By late 1945, Pan American World Airways had regularly scheduled flights across the Atlantic by way of Gander Airport, Newfoundland.
One of those working the flights was James J. Rice. His career with Pan American World Airways will last decades, and will find him all over the world.
But perhaps a bit of his heart always remained in that somewhat remote, northern airport. Please meet his wife, Kaye, pictured in the snow boots, in front of her BOAC employee housing, at Gander Airport where they met.
Gander Airport, Newfoundland, was an important airport from its beginning in the late 1930s, right through the WWII years, and served Pan American World Airways for decades, including into the Jet Age. Here are very early photos (mid 1940's) showing the Pan Am ticket counter, and the staff housing! We thank the James J. Rice Family for sending these along. He is pictured in the middle, in front of the "Betsy" house. Mr. James J, Rice, started as a Pan Am Steward, his career spanning decades and worldwide assignments.
On October 16, 1956, Pan American Flight 6, Boeing 377 Stratocruiser, “Sovereign of the Skies” departed Honolulu and headed northeast towards San Francisco.
“Pan Am 90943, Flight 6, declaring an emergency over the Pacific” radioed Captain Richard Ogg.
Who received that call for help?
U.S. Coast Guard Radioman Doak Walker, onboard the Cutter Pontchartrain.
With a heavy heart we announce the passing of Mr. Doak Walker, January 6, 2019, a true hero, a Pan Am Museum Honoree and Friend.
What happened to the flight crew and passengers of the "Sovereign of the Skies"? Watch the ditch landing and rescue in the video below. An interview with Mr. Walker, click his photo.