Bryce Canyon, UT Plane Smashes Into Plateau, Oct 1947

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Chicago, Oct. 25 --(UP) -- United Air Lines today released the following list of occupants of a DC-6 airplane that crashed in Bryce Canyon, Utah, yesterday.
The Crew.
Capt. EVERETT L. McMILLEN, 516 S. Bayfront, Balboa Beach, Cal., pilot.
GEORGE GRIESBACH, 15803 S. Florwood, Lawndale, Cal., first officer.
HELEN F. MORRISSEY, 563 N. Heliotrope, Los Angeles, stewardess.
SHIRLEY E. HICKEY, 4401 Crest Drive, Los Angeles, stewardess.
SABINA JOSWICK, 3908 W. Olive St., Burbank, Cal., and 1635 E. 62nd St., Cleveland, O., assistant chief stewardess, UAL.
WALTER R. FOLEY, Tudor hotel, E. 42nd St., New York, employe of Pan American World Airways.
C. B. LAMBERT, JR., Princeton, N. J.
MRS. CHARLES NORTH and INFANT, Philadelphia.
DR. JOHN CEDERMARK, 23 Odengaten, Stockholm, Sweeden.
CASPAR R. RIESE, 555 S. Norden, Los Angeles, millinery manufacturer.
MRS. CASPAR R. RIESE, his wife, same address.
FRED O. MUNCH, 1631 N. Spalding, Chicago, attorney for the Air Lines Pilot association. (AFL).
DON TERHUNG, Burbank, Claif., Look magazine advertising representative.
JEFFERSON DAVIS BURKETT, 35, Chicago and Laurel, Miss., Chicago Cardinals football player.
JACK GUENTHER, New York, managing editor, Look magazine.
DON EDDY, 3061 Stanley Hills Dr., Los Angeles.
CLEMENT D. RYAN, 1120 Muirland Dr., La Jolla, Cal., department store executive and former president of Montgomery Ward & Co.
MRS. CLEMENT D. RYAN, his wife, same address.
MRS. MARK SODEN, 164 N. Euclid, Pasadena, Cal.
A. A. MURRAY, 7702 Forrest, Hammond, Ind.
MRS. A. A. MURRAY, his wife, same address.
DR. WILLIAM McDOUGALL, 1128 N. Lansdowne Ave., Lansdowne, Pa.
DR. E. C. FREY, York, Pa.
DR. LAWRENCE P. O'TOOLE, 14403 Grandmount, Detroit, Mich.
MR. SAMUEL LILIENTHAL, 5050 Marine Dr., Chicago.
MRS. SAMUEL LILIENTHAL, his wife, same address.
MR. MICHAEL LILIENTHAL, 431 N. Oakdale, Chicago, brother of SAMUEL.
MRS. MICHAEL LILIENTHAL, his wife, same address.
EDITH BLAIR, 5924 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, Cal.
D. B. HUGGARD, 802 Monroe St., Evanston, Ill.
DR. L. C. DE BERGH, Grapenhall, England.
MRS. L. C. DE BERGH, his wife, same address.
L. C. FRANCIS, 11 Severn Ave., Eastport, Md.
HARRY COHEN, 6619 Marlboro Ave., Pittsburgh.
MRS. J. R. JOHNSON, Melford, Mass.
MRS. A. HOWARD, El Cordova hotel, Coronado, Calif., wife of a marine major general.
J. L .NELSON, 1811 N. Maple, Chicago.
C. G. DAHLIN, 102 Terrace Dr., Sparta, Mich.
MRS. C. G. DAHLIN, his wife, same address.
W. H. GALVIN, 245 W. 14th St., New York, business address, Manhassett, N. Y., home address.
MISS MARJORIE NEBITT, 5541 Everett Ave., Chicago.
MR. M. SWEET, 1765 Huntington Dr., San Marino, Cal.
MRS. M. SWEET, his wife, same address.
MRS. T. BONSTRA [sic - should be BOONSTRA] and INFANT, 13340 S. Lakewood, Hynes, Cal.
MISS CECILIA DUSEK, 36113 Linfield Rd., Shaker Heights, O.
MRS. MARIE MANNING, 360 W. 785 St., Chicago.
W. P. ROBINETTE, 12820 Fair Hill Rd., Shaker Heights, O.
MRS. S. W. SMITH, Jamestown, R. I.
ARTHUR KAPITANOFF, 353 Newton Ave., Oakland, Cal.

Turner Sees Sabotage Cause
Indianapolis, Oct. 25 -- (UP) -- Col. Roscoe Turner, famous speed flier and aviation authority, said today the United Airlines transport crash in Bryce canyon, Utah, was "very likely a case of sabotage."
He said he was "certain" there could have been nothing "mechanically wrong" with the plane.
"There are many people in the world today who would like to see this country fall behind in the race for military and commercial air supremacy," Turner said.
"I feel sure there are powers in the world who are gloating over this catastrophe."
Santa Monica, Oct. 25 -- (UP) -- Douglas Aircraft said today the baggage compartment of its DC-6 plane was equipped with a regulation fire extinction[sic] system, but admitted that, as on most planes, the compartment could not be reached from inside.
Chicago, Oct. 25 -- (UP) -- J. A. Herlihy, United Airlines vice-president, said today that the firm's DC-6 Mainliners logged 3,500,000 miles of air miles before its flight 608 caught fire and ploughed into a plateau on the edge of Bryce canyon yesterday.

San Mateo Times California 1947-10-25
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In answer to Paula Watkins

Hi Paula,
Sorry for such a long time between responses. I was laid up (paralyzed) and have been recovering. I am familiar with the Watkins name from listening to my Grandmother Edith Pittinger (McMillen)

Feel free to contact me at any time.

Kim Lundahl-Harpster

Capt. Everett L. McMillen

Kim, My grandfather was brother to Dora Watkins, so Everett was my 2nd cousin. I would love to contact you and your 3 sisters. Thank you.

Everett McMillan

He was my cousin. Aunt Dora Watkins McMillan was my great Aunt. I have been trying to find Sally's family. Contact me if any of you see this.

Thank you.

Archie & Luciele Murray were

Archie & Luciele Murray were my great grandparents as well!

Are you Rob's daughter?

Are you Rob's daughter? Archie and Lucille were my grandparents. MM

Capt. Everett McMillan was

Capt. Everett McMillan was the grandfather that I never knew, but had heard a few stories about the crash. I did not know the extent of the crash. I am doing some family history and have discovered a family tragety that should have been talked about more. Howerver, I suspect that the tragety was so over whelmingly painful for my mother and grandmother that talking about it was too hard. They loved and adored him, that much I did percieve.

Crash of UAL Flight 608 in Bryce Canyon National Park.

My uncle, Luther C. Francis died in this crash. My book "Lost on UAL Flight 608" is available at if anyone is interested about reading about the crash.

My mother's sister, Helen

My mother's sister, Helen Morrissey, was one of the stewardesses on this flight. I grew up hearing this story but today reading the details makes me weep. What a tragedy and great sorrow to all the families that lost loved ones.

Archie A. and Mrs. Archie A. Murray

My great grandparents (Archie Alexander Murray and Edith Luciele (Reising) Murray were on that plane!

Bryce Canyon Crash, Oct. 1947

According to the Aviation Safety Network, after the accident, investigators noted that the DC-6 airplane design included a No.3 alternate fuel tank vent outlet that was located on the right side of the fuselage near the leading edge of the wing and close to the bottom wing fillet. Approximately 10 feet aft of this point and slightly to the left there was an air scoop which served as a source of cabin heater combustion air and cooling air for the cabin supercharger air after-cooler and cabin supercharger oil cooler. Flight tests conducted with other model DC-6 aircraft subsequent to the accident revealed that overflow from the No. 3 alternate tank through the air vent line and out the vent outlet would sweep back in the slip stream toward the cabin heater combustion air intake scoop and that a considerable quantity of fuel would enter the scoop. Ground tests clearly demonstrated that, under conditions simulating the entry of fuel overflow into the scoop inflight while the heater was operating, the cabin heater could be expected to backfire and thereby propagate flame downstream into the air scoop. Incoming fuel would, thereafter, be expected to continue to burn in the air scoop and duct.

The probable cause of this accident, therefore, was "the combustion of gasoline which had entered the cabin heater air intake scoop from the No.3 alternate tank vent due to inadvertent overflow during the transfer of fuel from the No.4 alternate tank. The failure of the manufacturer and the Civil Aeronautics Administration to exercise full caution in the analysis of the fuel system of the DC-6 relative to proper location of fuel tank vents to provide non-hazardous location for fuel drainage, as required by existing regulations, and the insufficient attentiveness on the part of the manufacturer, the Civil Aeronautics Administration, and the air carriers to the procedures of fuel management employed by pilots operating DC-6 aircraft, were contributing factors."