15 APR 1959
[REFERENCE: County Intelligence
Revolution File" 1959, # 18335A]
DATE: April 29, 1959
TO: Thomas J. Kelly, Metropolitan Sheriff
FROM: Frank Kappel, Supervisor, Criminal Intelligence
SUBJECT: CUBAN REVOLUTIONARY ACTIVITIES, FLIGHT 905 "Q
At 8:45 AM on April 15, 1959, Agent A.L. TARABOCHIA received
that a Cuban airliner was about to land at the Miami Airport
after four individuals
had forced the pilots at gunpoint to change course minutes
The plane, a converted C-46, owned by AERONAS Q. Had left
with three crew
members and nineteen passengers.
The aircraft landed at about 8:55 AM and was immediately
directed to park
at the 36th Street International Terminal where officers of
Customs, Border Patrol and the Traffic and Patrol Division
of the Public
Safety Department met and escorted the passengers and crew
to the U.S. Immigration
offices for interrogation after the four escapees has
surrendered their weapons.
The four Cubans were identified as:
ALFREDO MASSON y SANCHEZ
W/M, 51 years, former Sergeant of
S.I.M. (Military Intelligence). Subject
used the name of ROGELIO DIAZ on
ROLANDO MASSON y SANCHEZ
W/M 27 years, former member of S.I.M.,
used the name of CARLOS DIAZ on
JESUS E. MASSON y SANCHEZ
W/M, 25 years, former aviation mechanic
used the name of AGUSTIN DIAZ
LEANDRO SERRATE y ARRENCIBIA
W/M, 53 years, former Corporal of S.I.M.
ALFREDO MASSON who appeared to be the leader, declared that
he had escaped
from the Cabana fortress prison on March 1, 1959. He
was serving a
twenty year sentence as a war criminal.
ROLANDO MASSON stated that he also had escaped from the
Cabana prison on
April 6, 1959 and joined his brother in hiding, with the
JESUS, who had been acquitted at the trials could purchase
tickets on the
flight from Havana to Isle of Pines.
At 7:08 AM of April 15, 1959 the three brothers using the
fictitious names boarded the plane, and as soon as it became
put into effect their plan to seize the aircraft and force
the pilots to
take them to the Dominican Republic.
ALFREDO MASSON states that his brother JESUS immobilized the
he and the other brother disarmed a Cuban army Corporal and
towards the pilots cabin where they pointed their guns at
the pilots and
after yanking away their headsets ordered them to fly to
The pilot advised the brothers that it was impossible to fly
to the Dominican
Republic due to insufficient fuel. ALFREDO MASSON then
to fly to Miami; when the pilot suggested Key West, the
A few minutes later, the pilot taking advantage of a moment
of his guards managed to grab the headset and say "flight
905 going to Miami".
This signal alerted the tower at Camp Columbia in Havana and
the U.S. Authorities.
This story was corroborated by the three crew members and
the Army Corporal
CANDELARIO DELGADO, RUIZ (Pilot)
FAUSTO VALDEZ COMPANEL (Co-pilot)
JOSE LEON (Steward)
FRANCISCO ARAUYO CONSUEGRA (Corporal, Cuban Army)
The fourth fugitive, LEANDRO SERRATE stated that he joined
the three brothers
whom he knew previously after the plane had landed. No
harm was done
to the passengers.
The four fugitives asked for political asylum in the U.S.
and after being
interrogated by the different Federal Agencies concerned
were taken to the
Border Patrol Headquarters for further interrogation.
After refueling the aircraft, the remaining passengers were
allowed to return
The weapons, two Colt 45's and a Smith and Wesson .38 M.P.
by U.S. Customs Agents.
A. L. Tarabochia
Frank Kappel, Supervisor
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