Friday, July 11, 2014

Information On Navy Pilots Sought is seeking to locate family or friends of two Navy pilots from the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida, whose names appear on the December 7, 1946 Winecoff Hotel guest list above. Lt. H. J. Curtiss and Ens. G. J. Walton were both registered in room 806 at the time of the fire.

Though that area of the hotel was burned, neither pilot was listed among the dead or injured. More than 95 percent of all other guests were accounted for during The Winecoff Fire book research.

If you can help us learn more about Winecoff Hotel guests H. J. Curtiss or G. J. Walton please contact We are interested in learning of their stories.

Information is still being sought about two Army soldiers, Capt. William C. Willard and Lt. Frank Johnson.



Blogger J. Turcotte said...

Please notice that the accounts state that Robert Irvin (of the Irvin brothers, pilots, separated during the fire) retired to room 806 after leaving a party in the hotel. Could the Irvin brothers have used room 806 after it was registered to others? Could the registration be a cancel and the Irvin brothers weren't on the registration properly? The hotel was fully booked that night - maybe the registration is wrong since it seems clear that the Irvin brothers were in room 806. Just a thought.

5/01/2015 04:48:00 AM  
Blogger Allen B. Goodwin said...

This is one of the mysteries of the Winecoff fire. Robert Irvin was alone in the room registered to Lt. H. J. Curtiss and Ens. G. J. Walton. But where were they?

5/10/2015 03:58:00 AM  

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