Out of the Past: Army flight crew bails out over Grand Canyon

Photo/Grand Canyon National Park Museum Collection

In 1944, the flight crew of an Army B-24 Liberator bailed out over the Grand Canyon after the plane experienced engine failure. Flight engineer Corp. Roy Embanks, bombardier Lt. Charles “Goldie” Goldblum, and flight officer Maurice “Mo” Cruickshank were stranded in the canyon for 10 days before being rescued by NPS rangers. After the men had bailed out, the pilot was able to restart the sputtering engines and make an emergency landing at Kingman Army Air Field. In the above photo, the recused men and rangers assemble at Grama Point on the North Rim.


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