M.C.V. EGAN
THE BRIDGE OF DEATHS ♡ A LOVE STORY AND A MYSTERY
TheBridgeOfDeaths.com
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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

 

In the course of eighteen years, so many groups and individuals have helped me that I apologize if I regretfully forget to acknowledge any person or group.


To My mother, thank you for being so brave when remembering a painful story, for being willing to relive sad and difficult memories to help me on my quest. Thank you to both my parents for all your love and support in so many ways.

Birgitte Sorensen, my Danish friend, my Viking sister. How can I thank you? You took the time to visit archives and people with me in 2000 and 2002, as well as to search through Danish newspaper microfilms. You suggested the phonebook museum in Copenhagen and helped me translate documents. You listened endlessly to me discuss the way it all could be presented. Thank you for the wonderful and gracious way you helped me get to know Danish culture and people.

Graciela Zozaya, my oldest friend, it was a great day in Mexico when we met at the age of fi ve! Thank you for your help and guidance through the years and for brainstorming through the story with me. The care you took as you helped me clean up the manuscript. Thank you for your insights when channeling the Essence and for allowing me to use the Essence in the story.

Tom Egan, my husband, and Austin, our son, thank you for your tremendous patience and help, for the many times when you had to take the back seat in my life so ”the book” could be up front.

 

Mr. Tim Sherwood, author of Coming in to Land: The Steamboat Revolution; London’s First Steamships; and Charles Tyson Yerkes: The Traction King of London, for the various days at the British Airways Archives together, where you so generously shared your opinions on the G-AESY. Thank you for the list of newspapers to search at Colindale, for the nice correspondence through the years, but most of all for not laughing when I explained my use of unconventional sources and for saying, “I do suppose it is important to keep an open mind.”

 

To all at the British Airways Heritage Collection, in Harmondsworth, Middlesex. (020) 8562 5777 or (202) 8562 5737. Thank-you to Keith Hayward, Jim Davies, Jack Ligertwood, and Fred Huntley, the latter for making me copy by hand all of the documents in the AW1-1869 fi le and for saying, “Remember, Catalina, it was 1939, and sabotage was not a word used lightly, as it is today.”

 

Mr. Bill Taylor and the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, who built piece by-piece a Lockheed Electra 10A. I am grateful to you and your “crew” for allowing me to measure and look at every detail of the Lockheed Electra 10A, for answering all my questions, and for telling me not to quit. I would also like to thank the staff at the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, for helping me with follow-up questions.

To Mr. Ron Davies, Curator of Air Transport at the National Air and Space Museum; of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC; and author of at least thirteen books on airlines and airplanes, thank you for so patiently taking all my phone calls and guiding me to the Croydon Airport Society, the air museum in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, and to Mr. Peter Stroud. But mostly, thank you for saying the words I so wanted to hear on a cold winter day in front of the Smithsonian, “You do realize that you are researching a spy.”

 

Mr. Peter V. Clegg, author of many books related to flight, including The Quiet TestPilot: The Story of Jimmy Orrell, thank you for answering my letters and spending one day with me searching for reports on the G-AESY. When frustrated by the lack of data, you said to me, “Catalina, by their absence your fi les are screaming.”

 

The staff that was so helpful at the Danish National Archives.

 

Everyone at the Croydon Airport Society for helping me find numerous contacts, especially for helping me find Mr. Tim Sherwood.

 

Mr. John Stroud of Nairn, Scotland, for the names of men and places to contact, especially Mr. Peter V. Clegg.

 

Mr. Allen Finch for all of the information in his letters, as best as he remembered it, about 1939.

 

Mr. John Coneybeare for all of the trouble and time in helping me search for J. H. Willans, Ivor Lusty, and Christopher Dykes, as well as for placing the information in the newsletter for the Professional Engineer’s Club in Bristol.

All of the wonderful people in Wales and elsewhere with the last name Willans who answered my letters in search of J. H. Willans; I am grateful for the wonderful stories they shared about their families.

 

All of the wonderful people in Pennsylvania with the last name Simonton who answered my letters and happily told me their family story.

 

All of the families named Beuss in Hamburg that I contacted before I found Wolfgang Beuss on the Internet. I am thankful for their response, as well as all for the responses of the Berkemeyer, Katterfeldt, and Puscher families.

 

Frederik Madsen, Esq. for all of the newspaper clippings and information he could find as curator of Zone-Redningskorpsets Museum, Holbaek, Denmark. Also for carefully listening to the story and not finding it so impossible.

 

Erik Bogelund for sharing his extraordinary library of the tapes he recorded of many Danes involved in the Danish resistance during World War II; the tapes preserve the stories as told by the people who experienced them.

 

Poul Dehn of Mern Denmark for placing an ad in the newspapers to find Christian Andersen’s daughters and information regarding August 15, 1939, as well as the clearest photographs of the G-AESY incident.

 

Torben Jessen, Chief of Police, Nykobing F. (2002) as well as all of the staff at Nykobing F. police station.

 

Henning Neerup Rasmussen, Sheriff of Praesto, Denmark (2000), for his interest in history and for his help finding the diver’s daughters.

Inger Margrethe Albrechtsen and Annelise Christiansen, daughters of Christian Andersen (in some papers found as K. Andersen), the diver who pulled the bodies out of the G-AESY in August 1939, for so kindly sharing their memories and stories about their father.

 

Mr. Chuck Thomas of Lockheed for his patience, information, and his willingness to go over the details of his experiences in 1939, right before the war broke out.

 

Rob Langham for helping me to better understand the Lockheed Electra 10A in non ‘aeronautical’ terms.

 

John V. Marraccini, MD, board certifi ed in forensic, clinical, and anatomic pathology. His impressive credentials are too long to include completely. This Harvard graduate so patiently listened and answered my questions; he also made me think a lot about the air bubble as the plane sank.

 

Sarah Callander Beckett, Comberemere Abbey, UK, for sharing stories about her family and especially her grandfather, Anthony Crossley. I am particularly grateful for the fi rst e-mail in which she wrote, ”It was sabotage, wasn’t it?”

 

Wolfgang Beuss, Herr Erick Beuss’s grandson, a special education teacher, a member of the Hamburg parliament, and a very nice gentleman happy to share the rumors his family grew up with in the case of the G-AESY.

 

Peter Hawkins for explaining to me what Hansard was and where to find it (before it was online).

Carmen Demaret for help with her contacts at the RAF and information on C. F. C. Wright. 

 

Carsten Jorgensen, Flyvehistorisk Tidsskrift, for his help finding newspapers and photos.

 

Bill Morin, psychic in Boca Raton, Florida, in 1997, (Now in Las Vegas Nevada) for being the first one to “read” the watch through psychometry and to see the lettering on the wing.

 

Rosella Call, the clairvoyant and clairaudient lady at the back of the accountant’s office in Boca Raton, Florida, who patiently has helped me since 1999. The first time she held my grandfather’s watch, she asked, “Why do I see a bridge?” She went on to describe Storstromsbroen. Rosella is too professional and too humble to disclose her famous clients, but rumor has it there are many.

 

Hernan Quinones, Peruvian Shaman (now in New Mexico), who regressed the anonymous individual on four consecutive occasions and allowed me to be there and record the sessions. Hernan also held the watches and told me what to look for and, in some cases, where. Though it’s unrelated to this book, his invaluable help with sorting out my personal problems should also be acknowledged.

 

Reverend Bernard McCue in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, who guided me and informed me using the watches. His information matched Rosella, Bill, and Hernan. He was also far more detailed in some aspects of the search.

 

Halley Elise who also regressed the anonymous source, and in that regression, Margaret was mentioned (as a secretary). Halley is an empowerment psychic and spiritual entrepreneur in Boca Raton, Florida; she has worked with the FBI, police, and events for conflict resolution. She is also an author, a teacher, a speaker, and a lady worth visiting. Halley was only used for hypnotherapy for the purposes of this book.

 

Amy Volkers, astrologer, for her help with any use of astrology in the book, as well as her encouragement as a friend and an astrologer.

 

Anna Glimelius of Malmoe, Sweden. Her guidance and psychic ability helped me know whom to listen to in Denmark and where to look, but most importantly, when to keep quiet. Her friendship through the years is one of my great treasures.

 

Frank Colatosti is a certified hypnotist by the International Hypnosis Federation and a certifi ed Reiki Master. His guidance through group hypnosis gave birth to Maggie. Frank inspired the hypnotist in the London group regression.

 

Sean Patrick Egan for helping with the search through The Times (London) microfilms. This was probably the most boring part in the summer of his sixteenth birthday.

 

Cesar, Lupe, and Cecilia, my siblings, for their help and information. Alicia Robles, Sigfried Cedorff, Ruben Dominguez Castillo, and Victoria Zetina Garcia for sharing documents, photos, or stories about our relative, Cesar Agustin Castillo.

 

Barbara Zapff and Valerie Carter for finding the German newspapers.

 

The staff at Wimberly Library at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida during 1995, 2003 and 2001 for all their help.

 

The Staff at the New York City Public Library Center for the Humanities (on 5th Avenue and 42nd Street); they were always so helpful and always said not to forget to acknowledge them. They provided me with the best sources on Anthony Crossley I found in the United States.

 

The staff at The British Library Newspaper Library, in Colindale, London.

A very special thank you to Darla Himeles for the thorough and very needed editing of The Bridge of Deaths.