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Incident Name:  Betty Fire, Sequoia NF/Inyo NF, Mt Whitney Ranger District
Date: 7/1/61
Personnel: 3 lives lost
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Agency/Organization: helicopter owned by Quality Helicopter Service from Van Nuys CA  under contract with the US Forest service
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Summary:

Robert T Gilbreath, 35, pilot, owner
Harold L Barnes, 41, FS Fire Control Aid stationed at Kennedy Meadows
Samuel R. Ready, 31, with the Forest Service from the Sequoia National Forest

On 7/2/61 the G3B Bell Helicopter which was owned and piloted by Robert T. Gilbreath went missing while flying a lightning fire reconnaisance mission for the US Forest Service. (Crashed while returning to base due to no fuel.) Its wreckage was found the next day. No one on the helicopter survived.

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Probable Betty Fire, 1961; possibly Cannell Meadow Road

Probable Betty Fire, 1961 Probable Betty Fire, 1961

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Contributors to this article: Maribel Moreno, Brent Skaggs, Steve Phillips, Rick Messier, and Nancy Marsh, the librarian in Bishop CA who looked up Sam Ready's name in the Inyo Register.

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