Saturday, 19 April 2008

Lockheed P-38 Lightning back from dead ( 2 )

July 1942 two Boeing B-17 bombers were being escorted by six Lockheed P-38 Lightning fighters as they flew over Greenland towards Reykjavik, Iceland.
Disoriented by poor visibility, and a decision to return to base and abandone thier mission caused them to run out of fuel.
They had no choice but to crash-land on the icecap of Greenland.

The men were rescued later, but the aircraft left to thier Icy fate, became known as the lost squadron.

Fifty years later a rescue paarty of enthusiasts returne for the aircraft.

The Glacier Girl, the twin-engine P-38 “Lightning” fighter that was recovered from beneath the Greenland ice cap in 1992, is now fully restored and amazing audiences with her story wherever she goes.

More detailed intel here, here and here

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