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Heritage Series III Remembering "Greenland Expedition"

When

02/02/2024    
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Event Type

EVENT DETAILS

  • February 2, 2024
  • 2:00 – 4:00
  • Century of Flight Hangar – Building 2
  • Free Event to the Public
  • Listen to the Stories and Meet Members of the Team that Accomplished this Amazing Recovery
  • Questions and Answers Session

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GREENLAND EXPEDITION

On 15 July 1942, poor weather and limited visibility forced six P-38 fighters and two B-17 bombers to return to Greenland while they were en route to the British Isles during the buildup of US forces in the United Kingdom, Operation Bolero.

The aircraft made emergency landings on an ice field, and all the crew members were rescued, but the planes had to be abandoned. P-38 Glacier Girl, and the five other fighters and the two B-17s were left untouched on the ice field and became buried under 268 feet of snow and ice that had slowly built up over the decades.

In 1992, 50 years later, members of the Greenland Expedition Society, after years of searching and excavation, brought the Glacier Girl back to the surface.

Come hear the stories and meet members of the team that accomplished this amazing recovery.