|Birth: ||Feb. 5, 1925|
|Death: ||Oct. 15, 1943|
Centerville (Hickman County)
George Allen "Jack" Hollinsworth was killed on October 15, 1943, on an American Airline passenger flight that crashed shortly after takeoff from Nashville, Tennessee en route to Memphis. The wreckage was discovered the next morning near Centerville, Tennessee, approximately 55 miles from the Nashville airport. Newspaper reports state that the Nashville tower last heard from the flight at approximately 11:18 p.m.
A hopeful all night vigil that relatives of Air Cadet George Allen (Jack) Hollinsworth, 18, had kept at Memphis Airport and their homes ended yesterday morning with the news that he had been killed in the crash. His mother, Mrs. Ann Atwood Hollinsworth , lives at 1118 Peabody in Memphis.
Several members of the family went to the airport Friday night to meet young Hollinsworth, who was flying home from a reclassification center at Nashville to visit his mother, who is ill. After waiting for several hours for the long-overdue plane to arrive, they returned home to await further developments. About 10 o'clock yesterday morning the news came that a wrecked plane had been found and all on board were dead.
Young Hollinsworth enlisted in the Army Air Forces April 1, six weeks before he was due to be graduated at Christian Brothers. His only trip home since then was to attend graduation exercises in June and receive his diploma. He received his preliminary training at Keesier Field, Mississippi, and was transferred to Gettysburg College, in Pennsylvania. He had just completed his reclassification examinations at Nashville with above average marks and had been classified as a pilot.
At the time of his enlistment the family lived at "Tannwood" near Whitehaven, and young Hollinsworth's greatest desire, as expressed in recent letters, was to see his mother's home on Peabody. Mrs. Hollinsworth formerly was secretary of the Boy Scouts, Region Five, at Whitehaven. She is now confined to her bed by an injury.
A tragic note was that the family had prepared a menu of the young cadet's favorite foods for every meal during the four-day visit he was scheduled to make here. All the delicacies that he liked were waiting.
In addition to his mother, he leaves three aunts, Miss Georgia Tann of Memphis, executive secretary of the Tennessee Children's Home Society; Miss Earline Atwood of Greenwood, Mississippi., and Mrs. Chris Agee of Los Angeles. His father, the late Captain George Allen Hollinsworth of the Navy, died when young Hollinsworth was a baby.
Ten people died in the crash, including:
Air Cadet George Allen (Jack) Hollinsworth
Blan R. Maxwell, prominent Memphis attorney and three time speaker of the Tennessee Senate.
Marvin Risen, 27, of Nashville, TN, agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, attached to the Memphis FBI Field Division, and resident agent at Nashville, was en route to Memphis headquarters for consultation on important investigative matters. He had planned to return to Nashville the next day.
Captain Robert A. Gay, 28, of 410 Alexander, an American Airlines pilot on the Memphis-New York run who was riding as a passenger in the extra seat of the pilot's compartment.
V. Elmer Miller, 42, of Kimbrough Towers, District Manager of the Louisville Cement Co., with offices in the Sterrick Building.
Captain Stuart H. Gayness, 35, an administrative officer of the Fourth Ferrying Group at Memphis Airport, returning from a trip to Washington D.C. on official business.
W. H. Clark Jr., of Dallas, TX.
Captain Gale R. Dryer, of Cleveland, Ohio, pilot.
First Officer, W. J. Brand, of Cleveland, co-pilot.
Stewardess Margaret Jewel of Youngstown, Ohio.
The Commercial Appeal, Sunday, October 18, 1943
Note: October 15, 1943: American Airlines Flight 63 (Flagship Missouri) a Douglas DC-3 routing Nashville-Memphis crashed near Centerville, Tennessee. As the aircraft was cleared to climb by air traffic control, it instead descended until it struck a hill and burst into flames. All 11 people on board (8 passengers and 3 crew) were killed, including Blan R. Maxwell, who was the speaker of the Tennessee State Senate. The cause of the crash was determined to be icing, either on the wings or propellers.
Ann Atwood Hollinsworth (1899 - 1995)
U.S. Army Air Corps
Memorial Park Cemetery
Plot: Garden H, Section K, Lot #4, Space 2.
Created by: Neil Loftiss
Record added: Jun 27, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 54178737