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    Posted 4 years ago

    Gundalow
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    While my late Dad was awaiting the docking of the Hindenburg at Lakehurst, NJ, the Zeppelin caught fire and crashed. Rather than changing the oil of the 4 Daimler-Benz 1,200 hp Diesel engines (as part of the Tidewater Oil Company service team), Dad assisted the fireman in their unsuccessful efforts to extinguish the inferno. Having changed the oil on previous dockings, Dad knew some of the Hindenburg crew that perished.

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    1. Manikin Manikin, 4 years ago
      Such a sad day but you have to be proud of your Dad !
    2. ohmyflyguy, 3 years ago
      I have been to the crash site at Lakehurst. It is an interesting phenomenon that the shape of the Hindenburg is still visible during Spring and Summer. The grass grows significantly greener where the dirigible crashed. This is due to the structure and aluminized dope that was used too build the craft. Much of it became an aluminum based fertilizer
    3. Vynil33rpm Vynil33rpm, 3 years ago
      Seventh grade teacher brought recording
      of the disaster for us to hear
      Listening to announcer crying
      The humanity
    4. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 3 years ago
      My late father in law helped fight that fire. I still have his fireman's badge here along with his police badges. He didn't speak much about it and when he did he didn't elaborate on the subject.

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