More bodies of airmen may be in glacier ice

first_imgFRESNO – Authorities are considering the possibility that more bodies could be frozen in the same Sierra Nevada glacier where climbers found the remains of a World War II airman. A 63-year-old report on one of several military plane crashes in the same remote mountain region suggests that the airman found last weekend was part of a four-member crew that took off from Mather Field in Sacramento on Nov. 18, 1942. Until now, none of the members of that training flight was ever found. “The bottom line is that there could be three more of them out there,” Mike Stowe, a contractor who locates archived military reports, told the Fresno Bee. “The report says they didn’t recover any bodies from that wreck.” Forensic experts were examining the body still encased in ice and have said they believed there was a good chance they would be able to identify the man. The body was found last weekend in a remote part of Kings Canyon National Park close to the summit of 13,710-foot Mount Mendel. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Officials said a number of military planes crashed in the area during the 1930s and 1940s. Troy Kitch, spokesman for the Joint Prisoner of War Accounting Command, which recovers and identifies military personnel, said they were evaluating the 1942 report. The report offered few details about the crash of a plane that took off from Mather Field in Sacramento with a destination of Corning in Tehama County. There was no explanation of how the plane got more than 200 miles off course.last_img

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