Mount Gannett, AK Globemaster Crashes, Nov 1952



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.


I believe it was the 1930th

I believe it was the 1930th AACS which relocated to Elmendorf. Perhaps their alumni association has more info. They have a site on the internet.

Hi Justin, I'm Deb's

Hi Justin,
I'm Deb's daughter. The only info we have on the building dedication is from the news miner article. Jack's mother passed before I was born and my grandmother (Peggy) is almost 90 and unfortunately doesn't recall. Her 2nd husband RADM D.B. Shelton may know. I believe they met in 1954.

2LT Leaford

Hi Deb,
I'm a historian at Ft. Wainwright and I recently found an article that states that there was a building named in honor of your father somewhere outside of Fairbanks that I am trying to locate. Are you familiar with this? It was the Jack Leaford Fairbanks AACS facility. Supposedly your mother and grandmother were present for the dedication ceremony on March 27, 1954. Any information you might know about this would be great!


C-124 Family Member too

Jon J. Thank you so much for the comment.I will continue my journey and help all the families who has reached out to me that has loss a family member not on our plane.


Perry's boy here. Very nice ceremony and am proud to have been part of it. Many accolades go to Tonja Anderson Dell, she has done more than most to prompt the Air Force to start searching that glacier and crash site again. She has a very nice website findingthosewelost with many more photos and clippings.


Hello my Uncle James H Ray was just laid to rest yesterday. Thank you for the attempts all those years ago. His daughter finally got the closure she needed along with his siblings. If you still have pictures from the first search please email them to me. Thank you.

C124 crash

I got this info from Tonja Anderson and would really like to speak with you. My brother A/3C Wayne Dean Jackson was a flight attendant on that plane.

CPT Duvall

ALthough not next of kin, my grandmother's sister was Cpt Duvall's mother. I really don't have much other info than that, sorry.

list of crew/passengers

if you have the list I would greatly appreciate it. My father was was supposed to be on it?

Alaska plane

My cousin is the son of a crewman I would like to see your facebook page