http://www.newspapers.com/newspage/41872869/C47 Plane Fdls; Four Men Are-Lost ANCHORAGE, Alaska --An Air Force C47 transport with a four-man crew crashed on Sitkinak Island in the North Pacific Wednesday and a spokesman here said all aboard were believed lost. The Elmendorf Air Force Base public information office said a search plane spotted wreckage several hours after the plane was listed as overdue on a flight from Kodiak and saw no sign of life. Names were withheld.
1955 JUN 1
(From Check-Six.) USAF. Highest point on Sitkinak Is. 10 POB. Unrecovered. C-47 Skytrain 15594. N56 34, W154 10
The plane was taking supplies to another unit in Alaska when it ran into a dense fog and struck a mountain, according to the report received.
Son of Mr. And Mrs. George Claxton of Decatur, Sgt. Claxton is a graduate of Decatur High School where he was co-captain of the football team and played baseball and basketball. He also played both baseball and basketball in the armed forces. He enlisted in the service eight years ago, and was a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division.
With his wife and two daughters, Jacqueline Ann and Debra Sue, who have been in Alaska since Christmas, he leaves his parents; two sisters, Mrs. Novillino of this city and Mrs. Chester Miller of Decatur, and a brother, Major George Claxton who is stationed at Seattle, and had gone to Alaska to accompany Mrs. Claxton and family and the body to the United States for funeral and burial services.
The 10 victims were in an Air Force C47 transport from the Elmendorf base at Anchorage and were flying from Kodiak to drop supplies.
The crew's seat belts were unfastened and a plane door apparently open at the time the plane hit the peak, the first party to reach the wreck reported.
The crew of four was accompanied by three Western Electric Co. representatives engaged on the installation, and three soldiers from the 558th Aerial Communications System.
Only last week bids were opened for the four-million-dollar project which will look westward to the Alaska penninsula and the Aleutians. It will be one of several such warning systems ringing much of Alaska.
Turbulent weather handicapped searchers but one party reached the wreckage and recovered eight bodies Thursday.
http://www.kadiak.org/crash/claxton.html This page created 2015 July 9