WWII Missing In Action: USCG Greenland Air Crew

WWII Missing In Action: USCG Greenland Air Crew

From Lou Sapienza

The Search and Recovery of WWII Missing in Action Lt. John Pritchard, Radioman 1st Class Benjamin Bottoms, and Corporal Loren Howarth (USAAF) from Køege Bugt, Greenland after the crash of their J2F-4 amphibious biplane.

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On November 29th, 1942, in rapidly-approaching white-out conditions, Lt. John Pritchard piloted his USCG J2F-4 Grumman Duck amphibious biplane - with Radioman 1st Class Benjamin Bottoms - to individually rescue each crewman - up to 2-crew members at a time - off of a B-17 Flying Fortress that had flown onto the ice. After a daring crevasse-strewn glacier landing Corporal Loren Howarth boarded the aircraft for immediate take-off from a Flying fortress B-17 that had flown onto a heavily crevassed moving glacier. Only nine minutes after taking off from the glacier Pritchard and Bottoms and Howarth had rescued Howarth from the downed B-17 Flying Fortress PN9E searching for a C-53 Skytrooper with five men aboard.

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