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 James Tinus “Tinus” Christensen

James Tinus “Tinus” Christensen

Death 29 Apr 1921 (aged 30)
Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA
Burial Blair, Washington County, Nebraska, USA
Plot Block 85, Lot 8, Grave 8
Memorial ID 8311486 · View Source
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Jens Peder Tinus Christensen was born 25 August 1890 in Holstebro, Denmark. He was the son of Peder Kristensen & Ane Margrethe Pedersen. His wife was Lena Davis Christensen. He and Lena Davis were married September 16, 1919 in Ohio.

Tinus death on April 29, 1921 in a plain crash near Cleaveland, Chuyahoga, Ohio, is documented in many newspaper clippings. He was 31 years old at the time of his death.

Burial was in the Blair Cemetery, Blair, Washington County,Nebraska, (Block: 85 Lot: 8 Grave: 8) on 5/4/1921.


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Mansfield News - Ohio; Saturday, April 30, 1921
In Cleveland When Plane Crashed Down on Railroad Tracks
Cleveland, April 30 -- Preparations are being made today to return to his home in Chicago the body of air mail pilot J. T. Christensen, who late yesterday, crashed with his plane (in)to the Erie railroad tracks at Scranton and University Roads, S.W., dying instantly. His plane was reduced to a mass of wreckage. When the plane hit the tracks, the gasoline tank exploded and the body of the mail pilot was badly burned as a result.

Christensen's engine was missing, and he was forced to seek a landing. A dense fog obscured his vision, and his efforts to find the river or a vacant lot proved unavailing. Suddenly his engine failed and he dropped to the tracks.

Christensen's fight for life and safety was watched by hundreds. He was 31 years of age. He was well known in Cleveland and other Ohio towns having flown in the first aerial tournament held in Cleveland in August, 1919. He was married two years ago to Miss Lena Davis of Cleveland and the couple took a flying honeymoon trip from Cleveland to Akron and other Ohio cities.

Died 29 April in 1921 in Cleveland, Chuyahoga County, Ohio
Blair Historic Preservation Alliance --
J.T. Christensen was one of aviation's first heroes. Born in Denmark, he came to this country with his parents at the age of four. They settled in Blair, Nebraska where he grew up and attended Dana College before World War I. During that war he was a military flight instructor. Then in 1920 he hired on with the U.S. Postal Service's new airmail delivery.

April 30, 1921, Plain-Dealer
Forced to seek a landing in downtown Cleveland by engine trouble and unable to see because of a dense fog, Air Mail Pilot J.T. Christensen (Jens Peder Tinus Christensen)sacrificed his life rather than attempt a landing in a street -- a course which would have endangered the lives of many people. Facing death, he struggled for fifteen minutes to find a landing place before the crash scene.

Omaha World Herald - 2 MAY 1921
Flyer's Body Will Reach Blair Today - The body of J. T. Christensen, air mail pilot killed at Cleveland Friday, will arrive in Blair today and funeral services will be Wednesday afternoon. Mrs. Christensen, the widow, and her mother, Mrs. Emory, have arrived here, and with Christensen's mother are awaiting arrival of the body. Mrs. Christensen was visiting relatives at Winnebago when she received news of her husband's death. His mother came from Racine Wis.

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1890 - 1921





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