Shemya Island, AK Cargo Plane Crashes, July 1961
PLANE CRASH FATAL FOR 6.
Seattle (AP) -- An Alaska Airlines plane carrying military cargo crashed and burned Friday on Shemya Island in the Aleutians, killing all six crew members.
The DC6 plane, under contract to the Military Air Transport Service, was en route from Travis Air Force Base, Calif., to Tachikawa AFB near Tokyo.
It had been scheduled for a refueling stop at Shemya, 1,500 miles southwest of Anchorage, Alaska.
An airline official said the plane crashed and burned at 6:30 a.m. PDT.
The airline identified the crew members as:
Capt. EDWARD BOWMAN, 44, Seattle.
Capt. GALVIA WILLIAM SARGENT, 41, Danville, Calif.
Copilot JOHN HERMAN BIRD, JR., 29, Kent, Wash.
Flight Engineer WILLIAM EVERETT DONOVAN, 26, Seattle.
Navigator EDSON A. M. CARRAHRENS, 41, Bellevue, Wash.
The cargo flight, with no passengers made a fuel stop at Anchorage before taking off for Shemya.
The Post-Register Idaho Falls Idaho 1961-07-21