On Nov. 1st, 1946 the B 17 No. 43-39338, belonging to 15th TCS (Troop Carrier Squadron) of the 61st TCG (Troop Carrier Group) crashed on the Aiguille des Glaciers (Mont Blanc, the highest mountain at the Italian-French border).
The aircraft exploded and most of its pieces disappeared in the snow of the glaciers that descend from the mountain.
After many years, progressively, several pieces of the wreckage started to be brought down by the melting glaciers, and still they do.(See http://www.gavs-torino.it/b17_bianco.htm
We have collected several of those pieces and identified the aircraft serial No., thus discovering the
names of the crew members, as well as some details of the accident.
We have also undertaken initiatives in favour of those misfortunate crew members and we intend to organize a celebrating ceremony next summer with the discovery of a memorial tablet.
We are in contact only with the daughter of Major Lawrence L. Cobb, one of the dead pilots , a lady who lives in Europe, but we have no contact at all (neither she has) with the families of the other crew members (most of which still missing) .
We would like to inform them of our discoveries and about the celebration that will be carried out in summer 2011.
Can somebody help us in reaching possible relatives of that B17 crew members (here below listed) or suggest how we can find them ?
For possible contact please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Command Pilot Colonel Fair, Ford Larimore 0-17029
Command Pilot Upham, Hudson Hutton 0-19467
Co-Pilot Major Cobb, Lawrence Lofton 0-24736
Navigator 2nd Lt. Ramires, Alfred Doroteo 0-2082524
Engineer M/Sgt.Gilbert, John Edward 6990531
Ass’t Engineer S/Sgt. Hilton, William Allec 38515193
Radio Operator S/Sgt. Dobovich, Zoltan Joseph 33835227
Ass’t Radio Operator T/Sgt. Cassel, William Seldon 34896920