TO THE NOME CENSUS AREA
ALASKA GENWEB PROJECT
roads lead to Rome, but no roads lead to Nome"
CLIPPINGS - THE SEARCH FOR PIONEER AVIATORS CARL BEN EIELSON AND EARL
BORLAND - 1930
HEARD A PLANE NORTH OF NOME
Dog Team Driver Brings News That Sends Planes Off In New Locality
NOME, Alaska, Jan. 3 (AP) A dog team driver today brought
word to Nome that a plane was heard soaring over Pilgrim Springs, 75 miles
north of here in a mountainous district, at midnight November 9, the day
Pilot Carl Ben Eilison and mechanic Earl Borland disappeared while flying
to the fur trading ship Nanuk, ice bound at North Cape, Siberia.
Arrangements probably will be made in the next four hours to send a plane
to scout the area, if weather conditions permit, those in charge of the
Eielson search said.
If the plane heard was Eielsons it would indicate that he had turned
back for Alaska after finding it impossible to land at North Cape and
had been unable to effect a landing because of darkness and fog after
reaching the Alaskan mainland.
The Pilgrim Springs district is an isolated section, with only a few inhabitants
scattered many miles apart.
Heretofore Eielson was believed to have come down in the area of North
Cape and all rescue operations have been aimed in that direction.
Publised in Huntsville, AL Newspaper 1/3/1930, Page 1 Column 2
SEARCHERS ARE MUCH WORRIED
Loss Of Another Plane And 3 Men In Search For Missing Aviators
FAIRBANKS, Alaska, Jan. 6, 1930 (AP) With the loss of another plane
and three men to add to their worries, the searchers for Carl Ben Eielson
and Earl Borland, whose plane disappeared Nov. 9, today were held at a
standstill by adverse fortune and fierce arctic storms.
Three powerful cabin planes, rushed here from Seattle and put at the disposal
of arctic hardened Canadian pilots, were down one wrecked, one apparently
lost and the other weather bound at Nualto, halfway point between here
Eielson and Borland disappeared while flying from teller to fur trading
ship Nanuk, frozen in the ice near North Cape.
Frank Dorbandt, Eielsons flying companion, who a few days ago was
withdrawn from the rescue work and ordered to take a rest, took off from
Nome yesterday and flew 200 miles inland, hoping to sight Reids
plane. Late last night from Solomon, 36 miles from here, where he was
forced down, Dorbandt reported he had not sighted the overdue plane. 1/6/1930
|FAIRBANKS, Alaska, Jan. 6, 1930 (INS) Apprehension
is felt here today for the safety of Capt. Reid commander of the Eielson-Dorland
relief expedition, and his mechanics William Hughes and James Hutchinson.
No word has been received of the missing trio since they hopped off from
here Saturday for Nome. The trio was enroute to Nome to join in the search
for Eielson and Earl Dorland who have been missing in the Arctic for more
than a month. 1/6/1930
FLIERS WAITING TO RESUME THEIR SEARCH
NOME, Alaska, Jan. 7 (AP) Fliers at five points in Alaska
and Siberia were waiting today for favorable weather to allow them to
continue their hunt for five missing low aviators.
The missing list, which for almost two months has contained the names
of Carl Ben Eielson and Earl Borland, was increased by three when pilot
Pat Reid and William Hughes and Jim Hutchinson, airplane mechanics dropped
out of sight while participating in rescue operations.
Reid, Hughes and Hutchinson, in a cabin plane which left Fairbanks for
Nome last Saturday, encountered a fog and became separated from a companion
plane carrying three other fliers. One aerial scouting trip over a port
of the 400 mile stretch between Nome and Fairbanks was made in the hope
of sighting Reids plane but not trace of it was found.
Frank Dorbandt, who made the scouting flight, was held yesterday at Solomon,
34 miles west of here, by stormy weather.
Published in Huntsville, Alabama newspaper 1/7/1930, Page 1, Column 7
LOST AIRMEN SAFE AT UNALAKLEET
FAIRBANKS, Alaska, Jan. 14 (AP) Three airmen who were forced down
while flying from Fairbanks to Nome to participate in the hunt for Carl
Ben Eielson and Earl Borlan were safe at Unalkaleet today after having
been lost to the world for a week.
The fliers, Pilot Pat Reid, William Hughes and Jim Hutchinson, reached
Unalakleet Saturday, reporting that a storm had forced them to land at
the mount of the Ungalik River. Reids plane was slightly damaged,
and temporary repairs were made almost at once, but the trio had to wait
almost a week for an opportunity to take off for Unalakleet.
Other fliers were still awaiting favorable weather to resume rescue operations.
Published in Huntsville, Alabama newspaper 1/14/1930, Page 4 Column 4
DISTRICT MAY BE CENTER OF SEARCH FOR FLIERS
NOME, Alaska, Jan. 15 (AP) The possibility loomed here today that
the Pilgrim Hot Springs district, about 75 miles northwest of Nome may
become the center of activity in the search for the missing American aviators,
Carl Ben Eielson and Earl Borland, who dropped from sight, Nov. 9 while
attempting a rescue flight to the fur trading ship Nanuk, icebound at
North Cape, Siberia.
Yesterday a letter was received at the Nanuk from B. Newell, formerly
a trader for the company, which owns the vessel, which said his native
wife had informed him that she had seen a plane flying toward the Nanuk
near Cape Serdze, Siberia, between 12 and 1 oclock in the afternoon
and had heard a plane passing overhead the same day between 3 and 4 oclock
in the afternoon. Published January 15 1930, Huntsville, AL newspaper,
Page 10, Column 4
RESCUE PILOTS GET ENCOURAGING NEWS
NOME, Alaska, Jan. 17 (AP) - A forecast of favorable flying conditions
and an unverified report that Carl Ben Eielson and Earl Borland, missing
aviators, were safe in the Anguema river district of Siberia, encouraged
pilots of the Eielson-Borland rescue expeditions here today.
Although there was a tendency here to discount a Moscow report stating
the Eielsons plane was reported down in the Anguema river district,
Alfred J. Lomen, manager of the Eielson-Borland rescue expedition here,
wirelessed Joe Crosson, a rescue flier aboard the Nanuk, to make a flight
over the area as soon as possible. Published January 17 1930, in Huntsville,
AL newspaper, Page 1, Column 6
BIG AERIAL DRIVE INTO NORTH SIBERIA
NOME, Alaska, Jan. 18 (AP) The big aerial drive for northern Siberia
to search for Carl Ben Eielson and Earl Borland, missing American aviators
is under way.
Eleven airplanes, manned by American, Russian and Canadian aviators, today
were either on their way toward North Cape, Siberia, or poised at various
places in Alaska or Siberia awaiting favorable weather for a massed attack
on the mystery which has surrounded the fate of Eielson and Borland since
they disappeared on the 500-mile flight form Teller, Alaska, to North
Cape, November 9 last.
Two Fairchild cabin planes of the aviation corporation were ordered to
fly from Nome to Teller to fuel for the final dash for North Cape where
two American aviators, Joe Crossin and Harold Gilliam, are awaiting their
arrival. Crossin has made some exploratory flights from North Cape in
his small open cockpit plane, but has been handicapped by shortage of
fuel and poor visibility. Gilliams plane was damaged in landing
on the ice beside the trading vessel Nanuk and he has been making repairs
so he can join the search.
Pilots of the Fairchild planes are Captain Pat Reid, Canadian aviator,
and Ed Young, an Alaskan. Three Russian expeditions have been organized
to aid in the quest. Published January 19 1930, in Huntsville, AL newspaper,
Page 10 Column 2
FIND ARTICLES OF AVIATORS
Pair of Gloves And Helmet Discovered Near Wrecked Eielson Plane
NOME, Alaska, Jan. 31 (AP) Encouraged at finding an aviators
helmet and a pair of gloves, searchers digging in the snow and ice 90
miles southeast of North Cape, Siberia, for the bodies of Carl Ben Eielson
and Earl Borland went on with their task today.
The helmet and gloves, unearthed from the ice strewn wreckage of the Eielson
plane were identified yesterday as those used by Borland. No trace of
the bodies was found but the searchers still were convinced that Eielson
and Borland died in the wreckage last November 9.
The pane, wrecked while Eielson was attempting a flight to the fur trading
ship Nanuk, icebound at North Cape was located Saturday by Pilots Joe
Crosson and Harold Gilliam while on an aerial scouting trip from the Nanuk.
Severn men were dispatched to the scene of the wreck from the Nanuk to
begin digging away the ice and hard packed snow which all but covered
the wreck. Two more men were taken to the scene yesterday from the Russian
supply ship Stavropol.
The theory was advanced here by persons familiar with the Siberian wastes
that the bodies might never be recovered, as the country is over run by
wolves and other carnivorous animals. Published January 31 1930, in Huntsville,
AL newspaper, Page 1 Column 6
WILL WAIT FOR FLIERS BODIES
Russian Aviators Will Proceed to Wrecked Plane S. E. Of North Cape
NOME, Alaska, Feb. 1 (AP) Pilots of two Russian planes who arrived
at North Cape Siberia to take more than a score of passengers off the
ice bound ship Stavropol, have received new orders from Moscow to proceed
to the wrecked American plane, 90 miles southeast of North Cape, and to
remain there until the bodies of the fliers, Carl Ben Eielson and Earl
Borland have been found.
All Russian dog teams in the vicinity have been commandeered and today
a number were rushing supplies to a temporary camp at the scene of the
wreck, where a number of men have been digging in ice and snow for a week
in search of the bodies. Three American pilots and the Canadian flier
Pat Reid, also have declared their intention of remaining in Siberia until
the bodies o f the famous Alaskan aviator and his young mechanic are recovered.
Many wild animals roam in the region where the plane fell. This and the
fact that accident occurred nearly three months ago led to the belief
among old Alaskan residents that the bodies may never be found.
Eielson and Borland were flying to the American ship Nanuk, ice bound
near Stavropol, to take passengers and furs to Alaska when they disappeared
November 9. Published February 2 1930, in Huntsville, AL newspaper, Page
6, Column 8
SEARCHING FOR BODY OF MISSING RUSSIAN
NOME, Alaska, Feb. 6 (AP) Despite frequent interruptions by severe
Arctic storms search for the bodies of the American aviators, Carl Ben
Eielson, and Earl Borland, today was going forward to the icy Siberian
lagoon 90 miles southeast of North Cape where the wreckage of their plane
was found January 25.
Pilot Joe Crossan, who with Pilot Gillam found the plane, radioed last
night from the icebound fur trading ship Nanuk, at North Cape, that flights
would be made to the wreck every other day to report on the progress of
the crews clearings away ice and snow around the plane. Eielson and Borland
were lost while flying to Nanuk last November 9. Published February 6
1930, in Huntsville, AL newspaper, Page 1, Column 6
HIGH SCHOOL GIRL ON FAR NORTH FLIGHT
NORTH CAPE, Siberia, Feb. 8 (AP) (Via Point Barrow, Alaska by Radio
and Cable) Captain Pat Reid who took off from here yesterday with
Miss Marion Swenson, Seattle high school girl, her father, Olaf Swenson,
and Capt. Milovzorov as passengers, landed at Teller, Alaska, today after
a flight of about four hours, Miss Swenson radioed from Teller. They took
off from North Cape at 10 a.m.
The Swensons had been marooned for several months on the fur trading ship
Nanuk, icebound at North Cape, while Captain Milovzorov had been icebound
here aboard the Russian ship Stavropol, of which he is the master. Swenson
is head of the Swenson fur trading company which owns the Nanuk.
Captain Reid flew one of the Fairchild planes sent north to engage in
the search for Carl Ben Eielson and Earl Borland, who were lost Nov. 9
while attempting a flight to the Nanuk. The wreckage of their plane was
found recently 90 miles southeast of North Cape, but their bodies have
not been recovered. Published February 9 1930 in Huntsville, AL newspaper,
Section 1, Page 1, Column 7
FATE OF EIELSON IS DEFINITELY DETERMINED
POINT BARROW, Alaska, Feb. 17, 1930 (AP) The fate of Carl Ben Eielson,
noted Arctic flier, and Earl Borland, his companion was definitely established
today with the receipt of radio advices telling of the finding of Borlands
body buried in the snow at the spot near North Cape where their plane
crashed Nov. 9.
Recovery of Borlands body removed any doubts that the men had perished,
although, death of the fliers had been accepted as a certainty following
the finding the scattered wreckage of the plane.
Advices relayed from Pilot Harold Gillam, who had been at the scene of
the wreckage, said Borlands body was located last Thursday under
five feet of snow. It lay near the engine which had been hurled 100 feet
from the wrecked ship.
Indications were that Borland was killed instantly when the plane struck
the Tundra and searchers said Eielson also must have been.