Claudine “Penny” <I>Cox</I> Fernandez

Claudine “Penny” Cox Fernandez

Death 4 Aug 1969 (aged 44)
Burial Non-Cemetery Burial, Specifically: Missing
Memorial ID 114545983 · View Source
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Claudine and her husband Joe Fernandez considered their hometown to be Inglewood, California at the time of their disappearance. She was the second wife of Joe Fernandez. Joe had two sons, Raymond and Steven, from his previous marriage to Barbara Jeanette Masserini.

US Navy aircraft C-47 BuNo 17254 disappeared while en route from its home base at El Belloto Naval Air Station near Vino del Mar, Chile, to Buenos Aires, Argentina. One intermediate stop had been made at Los Cerrillos Airport, Santiago, Chile, for international clearance. There were four crew members and twelve passengers on board consisting in part of several dependents of US Military, both Navy and Air Force. The flight was en route for scheduled necessary maintenance at Buenos Aires. It is believed that a crash occurred shortly after last contact at 1716 hours 4 August 1969, killing all occupants. It is suspected that weather conditions were the primary cause of the accident. This aircraft and the remains of its crew have never been found and are still missing.

The crew members and passengers were~

CDR Ralph J Touch, USN, Pilot, from Des Moines IA
LCDR James P Kuhn, USN, Co-Pilot, from Osage IA
ATC Joe Fernandez, USN, Radioman, from El Paso TX
ADRC John T Higgins, USN, Aircraft Mechanic, from Medford MA
LCDR Harold L Mooney, USN, Passenger, from New York NY
SSgt Frank A Homer, USAF, Passenger
TSgt Robert L Paterson, Jr, USAF, Passenger, from PA
SSgt Ronnie J Ball, USAF, Passenger
Shelby Penn Mooney, Wife of LCDR Mooney, Passenger
Elisabeth/Elizabeth Anne Smith, Wife of Capt Floyd E Smith, Passenger
Norma Ann Heist Touch, Wife of CDR Touch, Passenger
Carol Tilton, Wife of CDR Robert L Tilton, Passenger
Claudine Cox Fernandez, Wife of ATC Fernandez, Passenger
Carol Homer, Wife of SSgt Homer, Passenger
Esther Zuluaga Paterson, Wife of TSgt Paterson, Passenger
Norma R Orcutt Ball, Wife of SSgt Ball, Passenger

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  • Created by: B24CoPilotNiece
  • Added: 28 Jul 2013
  • Find a Grave Memorial 114545983
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Claudine “Penny” Cox Fernandez (16 Aug 1924–4 Aug 1969), Find a Grave Memorial no. 114545983, ; Maintained by B24CoPilotNiece (contributor 47391745) Non-Cemetery Burial, who reports a Missing.