AF announces Operation Colony Glacier casualty recovery of Airman 3rd Class Loyd L. Matthews

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force announced Oct. 29 the name of a service member whose remains have been recovered from a C-124 Globemaster aircraft that was lost on Nov. 22, 1952.

Airman 3rd Class Loyd L. Matthews has been recovered and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

On Nov. 22, 1952, a C-124 Globemaster crashed while en route to Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, from McChord Air Force Base, Washington. There were 11 crewmen and 41 passengers on board. Adverse weather conditions precluded immediate recovery attempts.

In late November and early December 1952, search parties were unable to locate and recover any of the service members.

On June 9, 2012, an Alaska National Guard (AKNG) UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter crew spotted aircraft wreckage and debris while conducting a training mission over the Colony Glacier, immediately west of Mount Gannett. Three days later another AKNG team landed at the site to photograph the area and they found artifacts at the site related to the wreckage of the C-124 Globemaster.

 

 

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