Daily Flight Information:
No flying today due to the continuing search for the "Seattle".
World Flight Ordered to
Continue without "Seattle"
General Patrick has ordered the three remaining planes to proceed to Nazan, Atka Island at first opportunity.
The search continues for the "Seattle" with ground search teams being formed. Assigned search ships are still checking likely landing harbors, coves and inlets along the planned flight route to Dutch Harbor.
Transcript of telegram received today from Major General Mason M. Patrick, Chief of the Army Air Service:
Lieut. Lowell H. Smith -- May 2, 1924
C.O. Round-the-World Flight
Dutch Harbor, Unalaska, Alaska.
13 E DO NOT DELAY LONGER WAITING FOR MAJOR MARTIN TO JOIN YOU STOP SEE EVERYTHING DONE POSSIBLE TO FIND HIM STOP PLANES NUMBER 2, 3 AND 4 TO PROCEED TO JAPAN AT EARLIEST POSSIBLE MOMENT.
by Lt. L. H. Smith Commanding
All work being completed, the flight waited for the "Seattle" until today when the telegram (see above) was received from Major General Mason M. Patrick, Chief of the Army Air Service. The planes were immediately made ready for departure tomorrow morning.
by Lt. L.P. Arnold "Chicago" Mechanic
This afternoon we received word that Major Martin was last seen headed North for the Bering Sea -- so that his whereabouts is more of a mystery than ever.
Shortly after noon, we received the a telegram (see above) from the Chief in Washington. So in accordance with the above, Smith is now the Commanding Officer & arrangements were made to leave in the morning. -- this however seems improbable as the Eider (which left yesterday for Nazan) radioed back that they were encountering snow to the west of us. But we'll be ready if the weather is.