Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Some of these camp fees seem small to city dwellers with jobs, but these campgrounds are often used by retirees who have lots of time to stay but little dough. A two week stay will cost an extra $98.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
This is an update to an August 2007 story we posted here on Biggest Room. The airman found in the high Sierras in August by an amateur investigator/writer has turned out to be Ernest "Glenn" Munn of Ohio. His remains will be flown back to Ohio. The service will be held at Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove, Belmont County, Ohio on May 17. He is survived by three sisters, Frances Pyle, Lois Shriver and Sarah Zeyer.
Munn died on November 18, 1942 on a flight of an AT-7 training aircraft out of Mather field in Sacramento, California. It is thought that the flight was far off course and crashed into the mountains around 11k feet in the Southern Sierras in Kings Canyon National Park.
You can find a Google placemark of the crash site here.
In 2005, another airman from the same crash was thought to be Munn. Several items in his pocket, as well as his hair color matched. His relatives were interviewed by CNN. DNA tests later proved that the mummified remains were those of Leo Mustonen, another cadet on the flight. This find was notable because the remains were extremely well preserved.
It is not really known what kind of shape the remains of Munn were in when they were found. A photograph of the area where his body was found is here. A ring was found, and his sweater seemed to be somewhat intact. The author who found them is not sharing much information as he's working on a book about the flight. There are however many pictures of the wreck area on his web site.