Photos and history of ZP-14 from Lieutenant (junior grade) John J. Connery provided by his brother-in-law Austin O'Malley
Lieutenant (junior grade) John J. Connery was the pilot of K-130 and officer in charge of the first leg of the
transatlantic flights. With his arm out the port-side opening, Connery is manning the elevator of a K-ship in the photo above. The
other pilot on the rudder is unknown but it could be Lt. (jg) C. H. Wolfarth (see below). The first pair of K-ships (K-123 & K-130) left South Weymouth, Massachusetts on May 28, 1944
on the ~800 mile (~16 hour) flight from South Weymouth to Argentia, Newfoundland. From there, separate crews
flew the blimps on the second leg to the Azores from where fresh crews flew the
third and final leg of the transtalantic flights to Port Lyautey, French Morocco.
The left photo shows J.J. Connery's K-130 crew that flew the first leg of the first transatlantic
flights by non-rigid airships. On the right is another crew photograph with J.J. Connery kneeling on the left.
Connery's award for participating in the first transatlantic flights by non-rigid airships.