VERN McGARRIGLE COLLECTION
No. 10054. Douglas DC-4 C-54D (42-72469 c/n 10574) US Army Air Forces
Photographed near Anchorage, Alaska, USA, ca. 1946, from Air Classics Magazine via Matt Kennebec

Douglas DC-4 C-54D

12/31/2010. Remarks by Matt Kennebec: "This photo was taken for a USAF 46th Troop Transport Squadron calendar in April or May 1946.The plane was just a year old; it would make its way to Berlin July 1948 as one of the first
C-54s used in the Airlift. It was with the Second Strategic Support Squadron out of Biggs AFB Texas when it vanished. This photo appeared in Air Classics Magazine Volume 45 No. 1 and also in Volume 46 No. 4 which refers to my efforts to locate the wreckage.

Air Classics Magazine allowed me to distribute this photo in support of my efforts to locate the wreckage. I am hoping to make my 5th and last attempt to locate the wreckage which I believe lies along the US Canada border."

10/31/2010. The 30th of 580 C-54Ds produced in 1944 and 1945, this aircraft made headlines in early 1950. Operated by the Strategic Air Command, the transport disappeared while flying between Elmendorf AFB, Alaska, USA and Great Falls AFB, Montana, on January 26, 1950.

Aircraft AF2469 had filed an 1,800 mls (2,900 km) and 8.5 hr flight plan that would take it over Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada, following the Alaska Highway to British Columbia near Fort Nelson and then into Alberta just north of Edmonton, flying south over the Rocky Mountains and then down into Montana. Two hours into the flight, at 17:09 while flying near Snag, Yukon Territory, the last radio contact was made. The aircraft and its 8 crew and 36 passengers (34 servicemen and 2 civilians) failed to arrive at Great Falls AFB.
Just before midnight the biggest ever northwest search got under way, covering 354,135 sq.mls (917,205 sq.km), involving 7,000 people and 85 aircraft, from single-engined bush planes to four engine bombers (two C-47s crashed, crews were rescued). As of this day no trace has been found of the aircraft nor its passengers.

Created October 31, 2010