Sterling L. Ambrose
Class of 1948
Corporal, U.S. Air Force
Non-hostile Air Crash
Died March 23, 1951 in Newfoundland
|Corporal Ambrose. was a passenger aboard a C-124
Globemaster transport assigned to the 715th Bomber Squadron, 509th
Bomber Wing at Gander, Newfoundland. On March 23, 1951, the aircraft
was enroute from Gander to Mildenhall Air Base, England when it
disappeared about six hundred miles from Ireland, killing all 53
airman on board.
Corporal Ambrose was awarded the
The Frederick News-Post, March 24, 1951
Cpl. Sterling Lee Ambrose
2 Brunswick Men Aboard Missing Plane*
Two Brunswick airmen are aboard a C-124 Air Force transport plane
missing on a flight from Maine to England, the Strategic Air Command
Headquarters in Omaha, Neb. Informed their parents Friday evening.
Among the 53 persons aboard the transport are: Cpl. Sterling L.
Ambrose, 19, son of Mrs. Rosie Ambrose Weller, of 115 Ninth Avenue,
Brunswick. Cpl. Ambrose has been in the service since his graduation
from Brunswick High School in 1948. He is a stepson of William
Weller, Brunswick radio shop proprietor. Families of the two service
men were notified between 4 and 5 o'clock on Friday afternoon.
** Friday, March 23, 1951 No Trace Of Craft Found In Atlantic
Searchers From Three Nations Join Hunt, Brig. Gen. Cullen Is
A giant U.S. Air Force transport plane with 53 persons aboard
vanished in fog and rain over the Atlantic Ocean today while enroute
from the United States to England. One of the passengers was
believed to be a brigadier general.
Search and rescue planes from three nations scoured the wind-tossed
seas in a thus far fruitless search for some trace of wreckage,
survivors or life rafts. Officials at Shannon airport in Ireland
said the big plane, a C-124, which is known as the Globemaster
radioed at 1 a.m. that it had 52 persons aboard including a VIP
(very important person) with the rank of brigadier general . At the
time of the report that plane crew gave their position as 800 miles
southwest of Ireland.
The plane, of a type used to ferry personnel and supplies across the
ocean, was enroute to Mildenhall Air Base, Suffolk from the base at
Limestone, Me. At. Limestone, the base public inromation officer
confirmed that 53 persons were aboard.
British, Irish and U.S. Planes were engaged in the search for the
Globemaster, which normally would carry life rafts.
The Royal Air Force control station directing the search operations
said the plane carried a Brigadier General Cullens. This report
aroused belief that he was Brig. Gen. Paul T. Cullen, deputy
commander at Barksdale Field, near Shreveport, La., who left there
Wednesday for a European destination.
The U.S. Third Air Division, headquarters here and the Royal Air
Force said they had non information about the number of persons
aboard. The British Press association did not announce the source of
its information on the number.
Air Force headquarters here and in Washington also would not comfirm
the Gen. Cullen was on board. American and British search and rescue
planes, some carrying lifeboats, combed the area where the plane was
last reported, but saw no signs of the missing Globemaster even
after it was presumed to have exhausted its gas supply.
That type of plane normally carries its own life rafts, equipped
with ample food, water and clothing to enable its passengers to
survive for sometime. The search planes reported low ceilings and
bad weather in the area.
The missing plane took off from an intermediate stop at Gander,
Newfoundland, at 4:20 p.m. (11:20a.m. Est) yesterday and was due at
Mildenhall at 5:20p.m. (12:20 a.m.) Today.
The first alert was sent out at 3:49a.m. (10:49p.m. Est Thursday)
after the craft failed to give further position reports.
No information was received from any of the weather ships along the
route which the huge craft was supposed to follow.
The C-124, larger, more modern version of the C-74 troop and cargo
plane, is capable of transporting more than 200 troops with full
field equipment. When fully loaded it can fly about 2,000 miles