Remembering the Hindenburg and the USS Akron

With this past Sunday marking the 70th anniversary of the Hindenburg crash, many news reports stated that the fiery collapse of the German zeppelin resulting in the deaths of 36 passengers was the worst airship disaster in history. Actually, the tragic crash over the Atlantic of the USS Akron on April 3 1933 took a bigger toll, claiming the lives of 73 of the vessel’s 76 US Navy crew members. The Hindenburg is just better remembered because of the spectacular footage that captured its final moments.

In a bit of irony,  the three survivors of the Akron were rescued by a German sailors, while US sailors pulled German passengers from the wreckage of the Hindenburg

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