Ketchikan, AK Clipper Airliner Crashes, Oct 1947
CLIPPER MISSING NEAR KETCHIKAN.
BOATS-PLANES IN SEARCH.
18 ON PLANE.
Seattle (AP) -- The occupants of the Pan American plane missing in Alaska, as announced by PAA Officers here:
Capt. A. N. MONSEN, pilot.
L. A. FOSTER, 1st officer, Seattle.
C. A. DUNWOODY, flight engineer, Seattle.
MARY S. CHIDIAC, purser, Seattle.
HELEN DARRAH, stewardess, Seattle.
SAM PHILLIPS, 507 11th Ave., Seattle.
WILLIS SHANK, 613 Seaboard Bldg., Seattle.
SALLY RICHARDS, Ely, Minn.
HURBERT WARNICK, Ketchikan.
JOHN ROBB, Juneau.
JILL ROBB, infant, Juneau.
ROBERT BROSTROM, 212-B 4th Ave., Cheyenne, Wyo.
GEORGE KNOCKEMUS, 2209 Garrett St., Cheyenne, Wyo.
ERNEST FELTON, Hoonah, Alaska.
SCOTT MURPHY, Juneau.
LIZEMME DORSH, Fairbanks.
FRANK TWOHY, 1512 5th Ave., W. Seattle.
Juneau (AP) -- Improving weather conditions aided a widespread land, sea and air search today for a four engined Pan American World Airways clipper plane with 18 aboard that disappeared Sunday near Ketchikan in a rain and wind storm which lashed the Southeastern Alaska coast.
The first search plane, a Coast Guard Gruman, left Ketchikan's Annette Island airport at 7:15 a.m. Visibility was good in the Ketchikan area, with the wind 15 miles and hour and decreasing.
Crewmen of another Pan American DC-4 which arrived at Seattle from Alaska early today said they circled the Annette island area in darkness without sighting any flares. The plane was quickly refueled to return north with a PAA search party headed by Capt. RALPH SAVOY, chief pilot of the airlines' Alaskan division.
Lt. Comdr. EDWARD CHESTER, aide to Alaska's Gov. ERNEST GRUEALING, was placed in charge of the coordinated search here.
Planes from Ketchikan were to scan the Admiralty Island area, where one report said residents heard an airplane circling for some time Sunday.
The 44 passenger transport which was carrying only 18 passengers, including one infant, and a crew of five, disappeared yesterday after radioing the Annette airport at 1:44 p.m. (PST) that "extreme turbulence" prevented a contemplated instrument landing.
Hopes that the PAA clipper may have survived the storm and made an emergency landing hung on the reputation of the pilot, Capt. A. N. MONSEN, 47, of Juneau, one of Alaska's best known bush fliers before he joined Pan American's Alaska division in 1932.
MONSEN said in his last report he was heading into the storm to Juneau, approximately 230 miles northward. His plane had gasoline enought to last until 8:40 p.m.
Disappearance of the clipper "Tailsman" with the greatest number of persons aboard of any civilian plane yet reported missing in Alaska set into motion one of the Territory's largest and most widespread searches. Bombers and a long range transport from the air force bases at Anchorage and Fairbanks took off for Annette field.
Three Coast Guard cutters put out from Southeastern Alaska ports late Sunday and were to extend their operations during the day.
Five vessels of the Alaska forest service and two planes and three ships of the Fish & Wildlife Service were ordered to join the hunt today.
Cannery boats were alerted to be on a lookout for any trace of the missing clipper, and logging camps were asked for any clues.
Ten light planes were scheduled to comb the area with 40 miles of Annette, and six other planes will range farther out under the direction of the Coast Guard.
Three planes of the 10th Rescue squadron are to search the airways from Gustaves to Annette island.
(In Seattle the Coast Guard announced it had requested that a B-17 be flown from San Francisco to aid in the hunt; and that the Royal Canadian Air Force at Vancouver, B.C., had offered the services of a Hudsoc bomber.
SHELDON SIMMONS, famed Alaskan bush pilot now flying for Alaska Coastal Airways out of Juneau and a close personal friend of MONSEN, has enlisted in the search.
The Tallsman, first DC-4 to encounter trouble since PAA put the four-engined craft on its Alaska runs, disappeared only two days after 52 persons lost their lives in the crash of a United Air lines DC-6 at Bryce Canyon Utah.
Pan American has had only three fatal accidents with 24 persons killed, in its 15 years of Alaska operations. Three civilians died in a crash near Fairbanks in 1933, while 17 military personnel and three crewmen perished in two 1944 crashes while under Navy contract.
Of the 13 passengers aboard the missing clipper, seven are from Alaska, three from Seattle, two from Cheyenne, Wyo., and 1 from Ely, Minn.
Best know of the group is the REV. WILLIS R. SHANK, Seattle director of the Youth for Christ Movement. He was enroute to Alaska on a Youth for Christ mission.
Four members of the crew, 2 men and two women, are from Seattle. The Talisman took off from Seattle at 11:30 a.m. Sunday for the north and was to have made its first stop at Annette airport.
Daily Sitka Sentinel Alaska 1947-10-27
(Transcriber's Note: The wreckage of this aircraft (no survivors) was found on Tamgas Mountain, Alaska.)