Thu, Oct 20, 2005
Part Of Crew Lost In 1942 Crash
The AT-7 went down in 1942. The wreckage wasn't discovered
until 1947. Now, one of the crew members aboard that military
navigational trainer has apparently been found -- frozen in ice on
California's Mount Mendel Glacier. The question now is, who was
The body was discovered in the Sequoia National Park recently by
two climbers at approximately 13,000 feet.
"They were hiking, ice climbing... it's a pretty popular ice
climbing route in (Kings Canyon) and what they noticed was the head
and shoulder and a part of an arm of a person at the base of the
glacier that had melted out over the course of this summer,"
National Park Service spokeswoman Alexandra Picavet told KFSN-TV.
"We got the report of a person wearing a parachute with a patch
that said US Army Corp. There was no Air Force in 1942... that
didn't come until 1947, or after World War II."
In 1947, hikers on the glacier found part of the missing
aircraft along with four bodies. No one knew a fifth soul was on
Tuesday, two US Park Police officers and an archeologist climbed
to the crash site to examine the body. Authorities believe the rest
of the aircraft lies under the glacier where the body was found.
Park officials hoped to chisel the body out of the ice on Wednesday
and perhaps find on it some form of identification.
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