Presentation by Lou Sapienza of the Fallen American Veterans Foundation
June 15, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Search to Recover WWII US Coast Guard Aircrew Missing In Remote Greenland Slated for August 2019
Danish Ministry of Defense Joint Arctic Command & Global UAV Technologies Partners with the Fallen American Veterans Foundation, Inc. in WWII MIA Search & Recovery
Rockport, Maine/Copenhagen, Denmark/Nuuk, Greenland – May 30, 2019
The Danish Ministry of Defense Joint Arctic Command (JACO) and & Global UAV Technologies will partner with The Fallen American Veterans Foundation, Inc. (FAVF), in a joint August 2019 missionwith the intent to locate and repatriate the remains of twoWWII United States Coast Guard J2F-4Grumman Duck crew and a USAAF rescued crewman Missing In Action. The men are believed to be locked in the ice within their aircraft. This will be FAVF’s first return to Køge Bugt, Greenland since it last searched in 2013. The mission is based upon newly discovered, corroborated and other informationconcerning the initial crash site, subsequent and the current location of the wreckage after 77 years of moving within the ice sheet. The limited, joint Danish/American air and ground operation is intended to survey a very specific area by foot, high resolution UAV video, and JACO/Global UAV Tech helicopters for possible surface debris that may have been expelled at the ice sheet terminus. Ideal conditions for this type of survey at this remote site exist only during a three-week period before the September snows begin.
If additional funding permits, FAVF partner, Global UAV Technologies will conduct a UAV high sensitivity magnetometer and helicopter remote-sensing aerial survey over the ice sheet area highest probability. If located, the expedition will hot water bore the ice sheet and lower a submersible camera to provide incontrovertible proof of the air frame location.
On November 29th, 1942, in rapidly-approaching white-out conditions, the J2F-4Grumman Duckamphibious biplane piloted by Lt. John Pritchard USCG, with Radioman 1stClass Benjamin Bottoms, with newly rescued Corporal Loren Howarth flew into the ice sheet. Nine minutes earlier, Pritchard and Bottoms had rescued Howarth from the downed B-17 Flying Fortress PN9E searching for a C-53 Skytrooper with five men aboard.
The C-53 and its crew, 35 miles away, are believed to be 300-feet below the surface of the ice sheet. The ordeal of these three aircraft and their crews is chronicled in the NY Times Best Seller, “Frozen In Time,” by Mitchell Zuckoff.
Mr. Sapienza will have copies of “Frozen in Time” available for purchase. The Maine Lighthouse Museum would appreciate a suggested donation of $5 to attend the event.