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  1. Luna says:

    The DEW Line never ceases to intrigue; the silhouette alone is something else.
    Did not expect to find an insider’s perspective of the whole ordeal on this site. Thank you!

  2. Doug Davidge says:

    Great web site! I was too young to experience life on the DEWline but grew up hearing “BAR-C”…a place where my Brother spoke of when he worked with Imperial Oil Ltd. out of Inuvik and Tuk. Later, my work took me to Shingle Point and Stokes Point…..once camping at Stokes in the mid 1980s for about 6 days. Of late I am trying to track down more information about an Interior Airways DC-3 that crashed in January, 1958 en route to or from one of the sites back to Fairbanks (Charlie Hubbs, Pilot, crew Cy Hetherington and Bill Casey…all survived). There appears to be all but one photo of this accident site from about 1962 taken by a helicopter pilot who was working with geologists at the time mapping the north Yukon. Below is a link to a recent blog on the story (prepared by a good friend, Murray Lundberg) with the limited information we have so far. It seems few people actually know about the wreck so now we are trying to figure out exactly where it took place and if the wreckage could still be there…or….if it was salvaged/cleaned up. Thought I would send a note and see if you might have more information on this. Cheers, Doug Davidge.
    The link is:http://explorenorth.com/wordpress/another-dc-3-crash-site-yukon/

    • Doug Davidge says:

      Correction…..Hubbs and others mentioned were not the crew on the DC-3 but were involved in the rescue of the 2 man DC-3 crew. DD

    • Brian Jeffrey says:

      Doug:
      Thanks for taking the time to comment and for providing the information on the DC-3 crash in the area. I suspect the wreckage is still there somewhere as it would have been too big to recover, even if it was in good condition. What usually happened after a crash is that all the usable equipment was recovered, along with the engines, and the remaining hulk was left in place. I have several photos of wrecks scattered across the Arctic. You might see if you can find the site of the wreck using Google Earth. I’ve found a few that way.
      Brian

  3. Richard Wilson says:

    Brian:
    I’ve visited your site in the past and it brought back tons of memories.
    I was stationed at Lonely for two years, 1979-1981. We were not part of the line, but actually an oil exploration contract given to Husky Oil to drill numerous “test” wells and then cap them. The data was used by the Gov’t to determine values of leases on the North Slope. We had a dozen camps spread all over the slope and my job was flying one of the aircraft that moved people and supplies. I later went on to fly the Boeing 747 at America West, USAir and retired from American all due to mergers.
    I loved my time up there and made many good friends that I still have contact with today. I also carried a camera on my belt, so I have dozens of photos of people and places. I don’t know if you have any interest in those, but I have a couple of nice shots of Rollagons and other equipment.
    I was the first to reach the crash site of flight 203 at inigok. We were having dinner at Lonely and saw the fireball out the window. We jumped in our aircraft and landed over the flameing wreck. It was a miracle that there were no fatalities. It was great running across you folks again. Have a Merry Christmas. Capt. R. A. “Dick” Wilson

    • Brian Jeffrey says:

      Dick:
      Thanks for sharing your memories of Lonely (POW-1). Please send along any photos you might have. I’ll add them to the site if appropriate.
      Brian J.

  4. James Majercin says:

    My Dad use to work at the one in streator i remember going ther when i was young

    • Brian Jeffrey says:

      James:

      Do remember what years he was there and what he did? He might qualify for addition to the DEWLiner’s Contact List.

      Brian J.

  5. Jon Magendie says:

    This is a great site. I stumbled in, having google searched “skyking foxtrot” and I’ve been glued since! Love these stories and thanks, gentlemen for your service.

  6. What an excellent trip through massive memories for me. I had forgotten about this incredible site.
    Thanks again to all who created and maintain the site. I worked as part of the DRCU – DEW Record Communications Upgrade team. I worked at all Alaskan sites, 40% of the Canadian sites, all Greenland sites, and our Iceland site.

    I was stationed at Barter Island as Crypto Lead before leaving April of 1983.

    Many great memories.

    Greg

    • Brian Jeffrey says:

      Greg:

      I notice that you are already on the DEWLiner’s Contact List. I’m glad you enjoyed your stroll down memory lane and thank you very much for your donation towards the upkeep of the site. It was most appreciated. If you’re interested you can check out my stroll down memory lane at http://www.DEWLine.ca.
      Brian J.

  7. Nick Kerpchar says:

    Brian,
    Found this site while updating my notes for a class I am going to teach about the DEW Line this Fall. I worked at BAR-Main from 1961 to 1963. This is an absolutely great site; a lot of work went into this wonderful resource. I was a logistician and flew the BAR sector doing inventory in addition to my regular assignment at BAR-Main. I am in the process of looking for my box of photos and slides. Hopefully I will be able to find them as it has been years since last I looked at them. If I find them I will contact you so that you can add as many as you like to this site. I ran across a DEW Line pin that I received and I still have my “Special Deputy for the Territory of Alaska” certificate given to me by Rev. Paul Maurer who was the Chaplain for the western part of the DEW Line. You have my email address, private email me so that I can email you copies of my photos.

    • Brian Jeffrey says:

      Thanks Nick.
      I look forward to seeing your photos if you manage to dig them up. Be sure to visit http://www.DEWLine.ca for my personal DEWLine adventures.
      Brian

      • Nick Kerpchar says:

        Brian,
        I just found one package of 8×10 black-and-white photos from BAR-Main. I know that there is a second package and a package of 35mm color slides. There is one slide in particular I want to find of our living quarters (“Train”) when it was covered over with snow and all you can see are the vent stacks and the hole dug to climb out of the building. There is also a photo of me with Reverend Paul “Chappy” Maurer that I would absolutely love to post in his memory. He was a legend on the DEW Line. How do I get the photos to you to post on your website? Looking at the photos sure brings back lots of memories of time on the DEW Line. I have not read your “War Stories” yet but plan to do so and add one or two of my own if that is permissible. Let me know how to get the photos to you. Best wishes, Nick

        • Brian Jeffrey says:

          Thanks for the offer Nick. I recommend you get a set of high-res copies made for archival purposes and a second set of low-res copies made for use on the Internet. Anything under 100K is a good size and in .JPG format.
          Brian

  8. Dave Hagel says:

    Very interesting website, my father worked on the DEW line construction, he was with ITT-FEC for almost 35 years. I have a bunch of pictures of his time there, alot of landscapes and what looks to be Eskimos and somewhere around the house there’s a pelt (seal?) he brought back. When we were kids if we ever complained about being cold in 40 or 50 degree weather boy did we get an earful about the DEW line.

    • Brian Jeffrey says:

      Dave:
      Do you happen to know which sites your father work on? I enjoyed your recollection of your father giving you an earful whenever you complained about the weather. How true.
      If your father’s photos are in a digital format, I’d like to have a copy. There may be some that could be added to the website.
      Thanks for visiting the site.
      Brian J.

  9. Hal Shiels says:

    Brian – a superb site. Many thanks for your “caretaking” efforts.

    Perhaps a small error on the “Skyking EAM” page (http://lswilson.dewlineadventures.com/Skyking/). Freqs listed in the 2nd last paragraph (“11.175 MHz, 6712 MHz, 8992 MHz, 13,200 MHz, and 15,016 MHz”) should possibly read 11.175 MHz, 6712 kHz, 8992 kHz, 13,200 kHz, and 15,016 kHz.

  10. George Boyles says:

    Ran across this site by accident while looking at Baffin Island area on Google Earth. My dad, Fred Boyles, helped build the Dew Line going up there about 1957 for about 1 1/2 years. He was in Army Signal Corps in England and Scotland during WW-II and didn’t mind climbing so he built towers. He took several slides that I gave to the Air Force Museum at Dayton. However, I scanned them before I sent the originals. Interesting. Thanks

    • Brian Jeffrey says:

      Thanks for dropping by George. I’d love to see the photos your Dad took. Items like that are getting rare.
      Brian J.

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