Airman Lost in 1952 Crash Recovered

An airman who was killed when a C-124 Globemaster II crashed in 1952? has been recovered and will be returned to his family. Airman 3rd Class Loyd L. Matthews was one of 52 people on board the C-124 when it crashed en route to Elmendorf AFB, Alaska, from McChord AFB, Wash., according to a release. Search parties were not able to find or recover any of the service members in November or early December of 1952. However, in June 2012 an Alaska National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter flying a training mission over the Colony Glacier, near Mount Gannett, saw aircraft wreckage, which was determined to be that of the C-124. Crews were able to recover artifacts in the summer of 2013 and during a short time period each summer since then. Matthews’ remains will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.