Goose Bay, NF 23 Die In C-54 Transport Crash, Dec 1947
3 OF SURVIVORS FLOWN FROM CRASHED C-54.
Westover Field, Mass., Dec. 11 (UP) -- Three of the six survivors of the Labrador crash of an air transport command C-54 were flown from the crash scene to nearby Goose Bay Thursday night. Officials said remaining survivors and the bodies of 23 dead would be left until morning on the subarctic waste flat where the transport crashed and burned Tuesday midnight.
A radio dispatch from the Royal Canadian air force field at Goose Bay informed air transport command officers at Westover field that darkness, inclement weather and the perilous task of landing a plane near the crash scene made it impossible for the rescue helicopter to continue its work.
The dispatch did not identify or describe the physical condition of the three survivors to reach Goose Bay.
Earlier, a fragmentary radio message reaching Westover appealed for assistance in the rescue operations and a transport, carrying a second helicopter, was dispatched from here to assist in evacuating the living and dead from the wreckage of the burned C-54.
The helicopter, similar to the plane that reached the crash area earlier Thursday, was dismantled for the flight north and will be reassembled at Goose Bay. Its crew will consist of 1st Lt. ARTHUR L. PATE of Southern Pines, N. C., and 2nd Lt. OLLIE CLARK of Greenville, N. C.
Spokesmen at Westover said they were preparing a "flying hospital" to take off early Friday, if needed, and to bring any critically injured survivors back to Westover field.
It was not known immediately whether any of the survivors was injured.
Royal Canadian air force personnel, fliers from the air transport command center at Westover field and doctors who reached the scene by plane or by treking through scrub pine and dense frozen wilderness by dog sled listed the survivors as:
S/Sgt. WILLIAM J. BUJAK, flight traffic clerk, no home address. He was the only survivor of the 10-man crew.
Lt. Col. HARRY J. BULLIS of Portland, Mich., wartime commander of a B-24 squadron in the Pacific. During World War II, BULLIS won the silver star, the distinguished flying cross, the air medal and the soldiers medal.
1st Lt. J. M. BICKLEY, 229 21st pl., Santa Monica, Cal.
S/Sgt. JOSEPH P. STEFANOWICE, 1579 Homewood st., Warren, O.
Capt. JOHN H. SANDER, 1204 Bartine st., Horseheads, N. Y.
Cpl. G. L. HARTER, 711 West State st., Fort Wayne, Ind.
It was only six weeks ago, army spokesmen said, when HARTER was the principal in another aerial rescue. At that time he was on duty in the remote Clyde river area of Baffin island. Suffering from a badly infected jaw, he was flown to a hospital by an army plane hat made a perilous landing on ice to effect the rescue.
Westover field was the destination of the C-54 when it crashed and burned eight miles north of Goose bay while on an unscheduled flight from the field there with mail and military cargo.
Rescue operations began immediately. An air transport flew to Westover from Patterson field in Dayton, O., where it picked up a dismantled helicopter. The helicopter was assembled at Goose bay and took off at dawn Thursday morning for the crash scene.
The air transport command Thursday night issued a partial list of the 23 killed in the Goose Bay crash. They were Lt. Col. ALBERT D. PHILLIPS; Capt. MERLE E. PARKINSON; Capt. CARL W. SCHLEICHE; 1st Lt. WILLIAM V. LAWS (Astoria, Ore.); 1st Lt. WILLIAM L. PILCHER; Maj. HENRY A. AKRON; Capt. JOHN CHARLES TURNEY; M/Sgt. GEORGE J. WILLIAMS; M/Sgt. STAFFORD C. RASTALL; 1st Sgt. JOHN T. MORRIS.
Salt Lake Tribune Salt Lake City Utah 1947-12-12