Corporal Margaret Hastings

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On May 13, 1945, as the Second World War drew to a close, twenty-four American service men and women boarded a transport plane for a sightseeing trip over the uncharted jungles of Papua New Guinea know as “Shangril-La”. However their pleasure cruise ended unexpectedly in tragedy, crashing violently into the side of a mountain. Corporal Margaret Hastings, an Owego, New York native, was among the three survivors of the crash.

‘Uniquely New York’ NYSCALogo_Shane_Lis made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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Tioga County Historical Society
Library of Congress

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