My dear husband brought to my attention that my last post about The Lost Plane was sadly lacking. He said "I enjoyed reading about the invitation from "We the People" radio program...but you only posted the questions they asked Grandpa Mel...not his answers. I wanted to read it in his own words." So I will repost the questions from the "We the People" letter of January 1938...and Mel's handwritten replies.
"Dear Mr. Bass..."
Yes, I am willing to come to New York and appear on your program, if all my expenses are paid. As far as I know now, I could make the trip any time within the next month or so.
The Western Air Express passenger plane was lost Dec. 15, 1936, but wasn't found until June 6, 1937--nearly 6 months later. I will try to answer the questions to the best of my ability.
Q. What were you doing on December 15th?
A. I live up Fort Canyon, 3 miles north of Alpine, Utah, and almost at the foot of Lone Peak. Alpine is about 8 miles east of the regular Los Angeles-Salt Lake air route. On Dec. 15, 1936, at about 3:30 a.m. we were awakened by our boy's coughing. About 4:05 we hadn't gone back to sleep.
Q. Did you notice the plane in the air?
A. No, I did not see the plane in the air, but at 4:10 or just before, we heard it coming. We knew it was off the route. As it roared past, we jumped to the window to see it, but snow was falling. The window rattled it was so loud. The all of a sudden the sound was cut off. All was silence.