Total Persons on Board:
44 - Eight crewmen, and 36 passengers, including 3 civilians.
|Major Gerald F. Brittain, pilot, 36||First Lt. Mike Tisik, co-pilot, 25|
|First Lt. Joseph W. Metzler, navigator, 31||First Lt. Kyle L. McMichael, aircraft commander, 28|
Master Sgt. Clyde A. Streitmann, engineer, 29
|Tech. Sgt. Harry W. McConegly, engineer, 30|
Staff Sgt. Raymond H. Snow, engineer, 24
|Staff Sgt. Clarence A. Gibson, radio operator, 35|
|Eldon V. Dolansky, Sunny side, WA ||Mrs. Joyce M. Espe, Elmendorf AFB, Alaska. wife of M Sgt Robert E. Espe, of the 57th Air Installation Squadron ||Victor E. Espe (Infant), Elmendorf AFB|
|Capt. Frank E. Gregory, Eielson AFB, Alaska||T-Sgt. Jack P. Faris, Houston, Texas. ||S-Sgt. Robert E. Ahearn, Charlton City, Mass.|
|S-Sgt. Jack E. Dickerson, Dunsmuir, Calif.||S-Sgt. Burnis T. Lively, Long Branch, W. Va.||S-Sgt. Raymond G. Mangold, Rodney, Ark.|
|S-Sgt. John J. McDonald, Lowell, Mass. ||S-Sgt. Clinton D. Tompkins, Langley, Wash. ||Sgt. Ray L. Asel, Los Angeles, Calif. |
Sgt. Donald W. Dagle, Hawarden, IA
|Sgt. Noel B. Jones, Harlingen, Texas. ||Sgt. Roy F. Jones, Marietta, Ga.|
|Sgt. Junior Lee Moore, Montgomery, Pa.||Sgt. Harold R. Noell, Nebraska City, Neb.|
Sgt. Tommy E. Rhoad, Flint, Mich..
Sgt. Julian C. Thomas, Lake City, SC
Cpl. Albie P. Baughman, Tioga, TX
Cpl. Henry S. Kerchner, Thomasville, Pa.
|Cpl. Jeff D. Johnson, Allentown, N. J.||Cpl. Raymond H. Matheny, McKenzie, Tenn..||Cpl. Bernard Portrey, Preston, Neb.|
Cpl. Richard L. Suggs, Crossville, Tenn.
|Cpl. Thomas J. Young, Sulphur Rock, Ark.||Pfc. John A. Chalopka, Richmond, Mo.|
|Pfc. Charles W. Cook, Van Dyke, Mich.||Pfc. Billie C. Cummins, Corbin, Ky. |
Pfc. Francis D. Hofer, Seattle, Wash.
Pfc. Herman L. Lawson, Pauline, SC
|Pfc. Loyd E. Lowry, Mustoe, VA ||Pfc. William W. Cranor, Dallas, Texas|
|Pvt. Robert M. Hiatt, Toppenish, Wash.||Pvt. Blake F. Maxwell, Lynn, Mass. ||Pvt. Robert T. Reitmeyer, St. Louis, Mo.|
January 26, 1950
Low clouds, fog, drizzle. Low temperatures.
Enroute from Elmendorf AFB, Alaska, to Great Falls, Montana. The plane's final destination was Biggs AFB near El Paso, Texas.
Area Believed Crashed:
The missing plane was last heard from over Snag, 10 miles into Yukon territory from the Alaskan border.
Reason for flight:
Transportation of personnel
A Douglas C-54D "Skymaster", serial number 42-72469, powered by four Pratt & Whitney R-2000-11 engines
The search was dubbed "Operation Mike", a name taken from the missing plane's commander, 1st Lt. Kyle E. McMichael.
On January 30th, a C-47, attached to the 57th Fighter Wing at Elmendorf Field, and piloted by 1st Lt. Charles H. Harden, crashed near Mt. McClintoc, injuring four aboard.
In 2012, a new effort - armed with modern search tools - is mounting to locate the wreck site. Visit http://www.facebook.com/OperationMike for more info.
Despite one of the largest searches to that time, no trace of the plane, or its personnel, have been found.
For more information, view the following: