Dover, DE (Off Shore) Military Cargo Plane Missing Off Coast, Sep 1963



New York (UPI) -- An air and sea search was on today for a Military Transport Service MATS plane with 10 servicemen aboard missing since early Sunday and presumed lost.
The Coast Guard said the C133 "Cargo Master" took off from Dover Air Force Base, Del., at 2:33 a. m., EDT, Sunday and was scheduled to land at Lajes in The Azores at 10:33 a. m. Contact with the craft was lost about 57 minutes after takeoff.
The last reported position of the plane was about 30 miles southeast of Cape May, N. J. Coast Guard spokesmen here said it would have run out of fuel by 2 p. m. Sunday.
Servicemen aboard the missing four-engine plane were identified by the Air Force at Dover as:
Capt. DUDLEY J. DONNOLLY, JR., 33, aircraft commander, Jackson Heights, N. Y.
Maj. GEORGE V. STRICKLIN, 42, instructor pilot, Waco, Tex.
1st Lt. WALTER J. STEWARD 3rd, 31, second pilot, Annandale, Va.
1st Lt. THEODORE R. McDANIEL, JR., 25, navigator, Cocoa Beach, Fla.
1st Lt. JEROLD D. KOPP, 25, navigator, Fort Worth, Tex.
1st Lt. ROBERT J. WIBBELLS, 24, navigator, Louisville, Ky.
M. Sgt. RAYMOND P. KNOTT, 42, flight engineer, Farmersville, Tex.
T. Sgt. ELWOOD M. GRIFFITH, 34, flight engineer, Luray, Va.
S. Sgt. CARL McCLUNG, 45, loadmaster, Lanham, Md.
Airman 1. C. PAUL R. RUEHL, 21, loadmaster, Patchogue, N. Y.
The missing plane was assigned to the 1607 Air Transport Wing at Dover. The crewmen were attached to the First Air Transport Squadron.

Lebanon Daily News Pennsylvania 1963-09-23