CHRISTENSEN, JENS TINUS - Washington County, Nebraska | JENS TINUS CHRISTENSEN - Nebraska Gravestone Photos


Blair Cemetery
Washington County,

His full Name is Jens Peder Tinus Christensen--he was born 25 aug 1890 in Holstebro, Denmark --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.

Buried in the Blair Cemetery, Blair, Washington County,Nebraska, (Block: 85 Lot: 8 Grave: 8) on 5/4/1921 Age: 31

Jens Peder Tinus Christensen --Parents: Peder Kristensen & Ane Margrethe Pedersen

Contributed on 6/12/08 by stvbrbchristensen
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Record #: 62081

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Submitted: 6/12/08 • Approved: 1/13/09 • Last Updated: 2/17/13 • R62081-G0-S3

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