'Hindenburg' survivor Werner Franz, 1987
Published: October 21, 2012
Wendy Bourland ©Stars and Stripes
Frankfurt, Germany, April, 1987: Werner Franz, left, who as a 15-year-old cabin boy survived the destruction of the "Hindenburg" in 1937, looks over photos with airship buff John Provan. Franz was cleaning china in the officers' quarters when the 804-foot-long German ship, held aloft by hydrogen, caught fire over Lakehurst, N.J. He escaped by breaking through the cloth of a nearby hatch.
Stars and Stripes' 1987 story about "Hindenburg" survivor Werner Franz.