Airplane Carrying 44 People Vanished In 1950. After 70 Years, It Has Still Not Been Found...
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September 4, 2020 - by Richard Warnica for nationalpost.com
Despite decades of searching, including an initial hunt that drew in 98 planes — three of which crashed — and some 7,000 people, there is no trace of the C-54
On January, 26,1950, Robert Espe, a master seargant in the U.S. Air Force, waved goodbye to his wife Joyce and two-year-old son Victor on a remote air field outside Anchorage, Alaska. It was a snowy day, a month out from the winter solstice. The sun rose not long before 10 a.m. and by 5 p.m. everything was black again.
Joyce Espe was seven months pregnant at the time. A native of Hapur, India, she was struggling with the Alaskan winter. Along with her son and 42 others, all U.S. servicemen, she was flying from the military base in Anchorage, south over the Yukon, to Great Falls, Montana, on leave. From there she planned to go to Rifle, Colorado, where she had close friends, to give birth to her second child.
The Douglas C-54D Skymaster the Espes boarded was a World War II-era transport carrier based out of El Paso, Texas. It was...
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