SLIDE SHOW AND BOOK SIGNING AT THE DISCOVERY CENTER, OCTOBER 10
October 04, 2008
On January 5, 1943, a twin-engine plane, flown by the legendary bush pilot Harold Gillam and carrying five passengers, crashed on a forested, snow-covered mountainside while trying to reach the airport on Annette Island.
All six aboard survived the crash, but one of the passengers, a young woman, died a few days later. Gillam set off in search of help, and was never heard from again. Of the four remaining passengers, two were immobilized by injuries sustained in the crash.
U.S. and Canadian military units and the Coast Guard conducted an extensive search for the downed plane, but after a few weeks the search was suspended, and the occupants of the plane were assumed dead. Finally, more than a month after the crash, two of the survivors were spotted by a passing patrol boat. A few days later, the other two survivors, barely alive, were also rescued.
John Tippets is the son of Joseph Tippets, one of survivors of the Gillam crash. His book recounts, not only the crash and its aftermath, the ordeal of survival, and the ultimate rescue, but also the anguish of Mrs. Tippets, who refused to believe that her husband was dead, long after the search had been abandoned. Local artists Terry Pyles and Dave Rubin and photographer Chip Porter contributed to the production of the book.
The slide presentation will begin at 7:45 PM. From 7:00 to 7:45, copies of "Hearts of Courage" will be on sale in the Discovery Center lobby, and Mr. Tippets will be available to sign them. Cookies and coffee will be provided.
This free program is presented
by the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center and the Tongass Historical
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