Words from Mr. Jones…
He sent us photos and a letter of what he could remember of the missions. He did make is clear that this was to the best of his knowledge and we understood. I sat, read over his letter and was really amazed. Mr. Jones was a USAF Para-rescue jumper for the 71st Air Rescue Squadron 10th Rescue Group and stationed in Alaska at Elmendorf AFB. In his letter he stated there were 3 missions. Of those missions he took part of two of them looking to find the missing C-124 Globemaster. 1st mission was completed by Dr. Moore and L.T. Sullivan which identified the C-124.
2nd mission took place in the early part of 1953 and was weather large search that included the US Coast Guard Cutter Storis bought in from Juneau Alaska which towed a couple of H-5 helicopters. The team went in through Prince William Sound attempting to get as close to Mount Gannett at the copters could get them. It snowed for several days before there was break allowing 2 of the team member start their way up the mount side. The remaining team would wait until further notice. Due to the conditions this mission was a failure and everyone return back to base.
NOTE: I don’t remember the name of the officers. I believe they were from the IG Special Investigation Squadron.
3rd mission was a fairly large undertaking. After the failure of mission 2 we were told to prepare our equipment for another attempt in late Summer of 1953. The powers to be hoped that the Summer weather would thaw the ice and snow-and that would have greater access to the crash scene. Here again, I cannot remember the exact date of this mission. I do know it was late Summer or early Dall. This mission started by bringing in a more powerful helicopter from the Southern United States. This Copter H-19 was disassembled enough to fit into a C-124n and was then flown into Elmendorf Air Force Base. There it was reassembled, and readied to take our team as close as possible to the crash site. This Copter was flown to the Palmer, Alaska airport, and used to take us two men at a time as high up the mountain as they could hover. This ended up to be on Surprise Glacier at about 1000 feet from our camp site on the snow bowel in front of Mt. Gannett
From: Msfelish2u (at) aol.com
Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2001 11:25:13 EDT
Subject: Looking for Information
I am looking for information about a unit. My grandfather was
in the Air Force, he died in a C-124 aircraft accident on Mount Gannett
Alaska on Nov.22,1952. He was in the 625th AC&W Sq. 10th Air Div(Def),
Apo 942. Can you tell anything about the unit. I am doing a search
about his death and trying to get the Air-force to do a search and
recovery of this plane and it's remains. I know this going to be
hard, but I need to know what happen to him and the other 51 people
aboard this plane. If anyone can help I am grateful.
Eva, (FMU, Tampa Library)
Sorry but I am not able to help. From some reason the clips from the years 1952 and 1953 are missing. My library does not have the microfilm back that far.
You could try an inter library loan from the public or university libraries. Her other other option would be to pay the information service at the university to make a copy. Since she knows the date, the cost shouldn’t be very much. The name is infolink and the phone is 907-786 -####, Usually they can give an estimate of cost before doing the job.
Anchorage Daily News
I am looking for any information you have on a plane crash from 1952. I am not sure if your paper was around during this time but if you were would please look in your files. The plane crashed on November 22, 1952 into Mount Gannett. This was a military C-124 Globemaster.
(Send to Tonja)
I am sorry to inform you this paper was not around at that time. The Alaska Star was not started until 1972. The Anchorage Daily News would be your best bet. We did have another paper that was the Anchorage Times, I don’t know how to get the archives of that paper but the Lussiac Library might be able to help you in all matters of finding information about the crash. They should have archives of the papers. Good Luck.
The Alaska Star
To whom this may concern,
My name is Tonja Anderson I a m looking for information on the death of my grandfather. His name is Isaac W. Anderson Sr. He died on November 22, 1952 in Alaska from a aircraft accident during the Korean Conflict. On Macdill Air Force base there was a hanger that had his picture along with the other crewman that died in it,. I just want to know more about this accident and if the Air Force ever recovered his body or the plane. My grandmother can not tell me that much about what happen. She either does not remember or don’t want to remember. I just would like to know what kind of man he was or the man he could have been if he did survived the accident.