Sheldon and Lorena Turner — Alaskan Survey Expedition Collection contains forty photographs and one report relating to the 1932 Alaskan Aerial Survey Expedition. The report, “The Land of the Williwaw,” was written by Lieutenant R. H. Harrell, U.S.N., Officer-in-Charge.
The Alaskan Survey Expedition of 1932 was the third that the Navy had sent to Alaska. The previous two (1926, 1929) were assigned an operating area in southeastern Alaska… This year’s expedition, composed of two Pratt and Whitney “Wasp” powered Loening amphibians, with the U.S.S. GANNET as tender, was assigned an operating area farther north, consisting principally of the sparsely settled and little-known country of southwestern Alaska from Seward (Resurrection Bay) westward, including the Kenai and Alaskan Peninsulas to Chignik Bay. The expedition was commissioned at the Naval Air Station, San Diego, April 1, 1932, and the tender GANNET sailed from Seattle for Alaskan waters on April 20th.