Wasatch, UT Missing Plane Wreck Found, May 1955


Wasatch (AP) -- Hidden by snow for almost two months, an airplane and its five dead occupants were found on a mountain meadow near here yesterday.
The plane, a Beechcraft on its way from Chicago to Arcata, Calif., was found by two sheepmen seven miles west of here and about 18 miles from Evanston, Wyo. The pair was Bill Sorenson and Pete Mower.
They were herding sheep into the area when they came across the wreckage, which was scattered over a large patch of ground.
Positive identification was made by Sheriff Frank L. Narramore of Uinta County, Wyo., for:
ROBERT J. WILLIS, 38-year-old Chicago plywood broker and owner of the plane.
His 9-year-old son, JACQUES.
Pilot GEORGE DOTT, 37, Wauconda, Ill.
HARRY W. GINDELLE, a Pittsburgh plywood man.
A fifth body, presumably of HARRY KNUTSON,
San Francisco and Costa Rica lumberman, also was in the wreckage.
The plane went down March 9 on its way from Rock Springs, Wyo., to Salt Lake City in rugged mountain country. It disappeared within hours of the crash of an Air Force B25. An extensive search for the two planes covered most of Utah.
The B25 was found on Mt. Timpanogos four days later, its five passengers dead. The search for the Beechcraft was called off March 21.
At one time a $4,000 reward was posted for discovery of the Beechcraft by the Arcata Plywood Corp., which WILLIS represented, and other affiliated lumber and plywood firms. It was believed $1,000 of the reward still stands.
The bodies were taken to an Evanston mortuary.

Ogden Standard Examiner Utah 1955-05-06

Transcriber's Note: The plane crashed on March 9, 1955, and was missing for two months.