My father and I have chartered a plane for late August to search for the remains of my grandfather's B-18a bomber, which crashed in the summer of 1942 in Mt. Redoubt Alaska.
I am specifically interested in advice from pilots who have flow around Mt. Redoubt:
A Saturday Evening Post article mentions the accident site is at 7500 feet MSL, on the southwest side of the mountain. The accident report OTH, says the southeast side. Questions:
- What is the terrain/glacier situation at this location?
- Is landing possible at this location?
- Has anyone seen an accident site at this location?
I've posted additional details and pertinent material in this blog post.
Also, I would think the USAAF would have more detailed records of the rescue, which again, is detailed in the Saturday evening post article. Perhaps even a dispatch to the rescue crew with a specific location. Does anyone know where I might find such records?
Update, July 21st, 2017 (One month till departure)
Since I've offered a bounty, I guess I should iterate what I've done so far:
- I've posted this to an Alaska bush pilot's forum. I was surprised to not get a better response from this.
- I've ordered (and received) a full sized topo map of the area from mytopo.com. The detail is pretty darn good.
- I've scoured over multiple satellite photos. Note, the obvious photos on google maps/earth are pretty iffy. I found the photos at zoom.earth to be better.
http:// www.xyz.com(note the space in there), someone will come along and fix them up for you so they're actual links. $\endgroup$