Skip to comments.Last Survivor of the Hindenburg Disaster Dies at Age 90
Posted on 11/16/2019 4:02:03 PM PST by BenLurkin
The fire killed his father, sister and 34 others. He was just 8 years old at the time.
As the 80th anniversary approached in 2017, Doehner told The Associated Press that he and his parents, older brother and sister were all on the 804-foot-long (245-meter-long) zeppelin traveling to Lakehurst Naval Air Station in New Jersey. The airship departed on May 3, 1937. Doehners father headed to his cabin after using his movie camera to shoot some scenes of the station from the airships dining room. That was the last time Doehner saw him.
Doehner and his family were on their way back to Mexico City, where his father was a pharmaceutical executive. Funerals were held for his father and sister there.
Doehner was born in Darmstadt, Germany, and grew up in Mexico City. In 1984, he moved to the United States to work for General Electric as an electrical engineer, according to his obituary. He also worked in Ecuador and Mexico. He retired from New England Electric System in Westborough, Massachusetts, in 1999. He moved to Parachute, Colorado, in 2001. He and his wife of 52 years, Elin, moved to Laconia in May 2018.
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Oh the huge manatee
Hydrogen burns BLUE.
The fire was RED:
they doped up the skin paint in silver, which had chemical components similar to ROCKET FUEL.
It was a powdered aluminum "silver" paint, applied over a powdered red iron oxide primer.
Powdered aluminum+powdered iron oxide=Thermite
When Manatees were huge...
is that Brian Williams? He reported it s/
is that so? I always like your historical explanations..
Germany wanted to use helium, which was far safer than hydrogen but it had been embargoed because of the Nazis racial policies.
WOW! Thanks for posting. Condolences to any surviving family and friends.
Ah I see. Thanks.
My dad told me that as a 15-year-old living in New Jersey near Freehold, the Hindenburgh flew over his house. He told me he and his mother and stepfather went outside to watch, his Norwegian born mother cursing at it when she saw the Swastika. Germany wouldnt invade Norway until 1940 but my grandmother already had a great dislike for Germany.
The famous film and audio recording were made by a crew for WLS radio out of Chicago, that had originally headed east to report on flooding of the Ohio River.
The same thing happened to all the survivors of the Great Chicago Fire.
Yes! Memory eternal!
I read about this - which occurred well before my time - on some anniversary many years ago. It was an account by someone who had survived - I dont recall whether the writer was male or female - after losing their father and then seeing an older sister slide down the deck into the flames. The writer followed a man out of the wreckage who was so badly injured that his some of his bones were visible and it didnt even bother him to push aside or rip out red hot wires and things that impeded their progress. He died, but the writer survived.
Decades later, on 9/11, I recalled this. A scene of total horror.
My dad witnessed the Hindenburg crash first hand when he was 12 years old. Grandpa took him and the rest of the family to NAS Lakehurst to watch it land.
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