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