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Mount Gannett, AK Globemaster Crashes, Nov 1952

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GLOBEMASTER CARRYING 52 MEN MISSING.

Anchorage, Alaska (AP) -- A faint radio signal was the only tenuous clue Monday to the fate of 52 men aboard a giant C-124 Globemaster which vanished Saturday night over the Gulf of Alaska.
Twenty-four search planes were poised here ready to fan out when weather permits over the 150 miles to tiny Middleton Island, the four-engined transport's last check-point. The weather outlook was poor.
The 41 Army and Air Force passengers and 11 crewmen were listed officially Sunday as missing in the continuing plague of U. S. military air disasters throughout the world.
Third Disaster.
It was the third U. S. military air disaster in Alaska in 15 days, involving 91 men, and the sixth throughout the world during that period. The six planes carried a total of 162 passengers and crew -- eight survived and the others are missing.
A limited search Sunday, hampered by fog, light rain and low ceiling, turned up no trace of the Globemaster, which vanished on a 1,400-mile flight from McChord Air Force Base, its home field near, Tacoma, Wash., to Elmendorf Base at Anchorage.
Largest Transport.
The huge, four-engine transport, largest in military use, last reported by radio at 9:47 p.m. PST last night, over Middleton Island, about 150 miles southeast of here in the Gulf of Alaska.
The Globemaster, operated by the Military Air Transport Service (MATS),
was flying at 9,000 feet altitude on schedule 6 hours and 17 minutes out of McChord and only 46 minutes from Anchorage.
Then there was silence.
From tiny Middleton Island, the big plane's course took it over about 50 miles of water and 100 miles of land described by veteran fliers as among "the most rugged in the world."
To the right of its route is a mountain range studded with towering, glacier-covered peaks of 10,000 feet or more. On course are smaller mountains in an almost impenetrable wilderness.

Walla Walla Union-Bulletin Washington 1952-11-24

TRANSCRIBER'S NOTE: The wreckage was found several days later on the South side of Mount Gannett. There were no survivors.
Additional Information On Crew Members:
CAPT. KENNETH J. DUVALL, 37, the aircraft commander, of Vallejo, Cal. His wife is living at Tacoma.
CAPT. ALGER M. CHENEY, 32, first pilot, of Lubec, Me., wife lives at Tacoma.
Airman 2/c CONRAD N. SPRAGUE of Sequim, Wash. His wife and son, DENNIS, 4, live at Tacoma.

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The Anchorage Daily news just reported this morning that some military wreckage was found near Knik Glacier and that photos were sent to the Joint command in Hawaii for possible further action. My father - Jack Rickard Leaford, was a passenger on the Globemaster, returning to Ladd Air Field (now Ft. Wainwright) in Fairbanks - I was 6 months old.

Mount Gannett, AK Globemaster Crashes, Nov 1952

Aloha,
My father died in this crash leaving behind my mom myself age 3 1/2 & my brother 1 1/2. I called the now retired Elmendorf historian years ago, he remembered the crash and was very helpful. He sent a packet to me & my brother as the information was 50 years old and unclassified.

It was very hard for me to read I cried. I am glad that Mom passed as she would not be able to handle all the information. The Air Force sent her a letter that he died.She was so heartbroken.I applied for a death certificate from Alaska and got it,also got a copy for my brother.

So thankful that Tonja started this page...there is a lot of information to share,Best Wishes,pattipf3

I would like for the next of

I would like for the next of kin to CPT Duvall to please contact me.

C-124 Crash

Hello Kevin,

My Grandfather died on this plane as well. Please go to facebook and look for c124 crash. There are a lot family member on this page. Also phones and newspaper articles.

Thanks
Tonja

My uncle was one of the 52.

My uncle was one of the 52. Any additional info you care too share
would be appreciated

124 Air Crash Mt Gannett

Any information that you might have would be greatly appreciated. My mothers brother "Robert Dale VanFossen" died in this crash. I've secured a copy of the accident report for her to read. The other day she asked if I would continue to see if I could locate any other details/pictures.
Kevin Caid

My father died on the plane,

My father died on the plane, I still live in Tacoma. If I can fill any blanks for you please contact me.

thank you

thank you so much for your input ..
I know your heroic work was deeply appreciated by so very many
Sincerely
Stu Beitler

124 air crash

1952 Aircraft crash on Mt Gannett Alaska. I was part of a Rescue team that went to Mt Gannett to try to get to the crash and recover whatever remains and information we might find. This was late summer of 1953 after we felt the snow had melted enough to get to the site. This was a failly large under taking by the Air Force 10th Rescue. Unforttunately the missdion had to be a banded as the winter storms pined us down in our tents and we had to get off the mountain. I have more details of our undertaking of this mission and a few pictures if any on is interested. I was a Pararesce jumper with the 71st Air Rescue Sq 10th Air Rescue Gp stationed at Elmendorf AFB 1952 to 1954

Mt. Ganett

Hello Mike,

Yes, it is sad. I was able to get the United Stated Airforce to go back to the Mountain. I have a copy (VHS) of the flight. I also have a face-book page dedicated to this crash. There you will find other family member looking for answers.
Tonja



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