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THE LOST SQUADRON and the RESURRECTION of the P-38 ‘GLACIER GIRL’ (1942 – 2002)
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Location: Hilton Theater - EAA Museum
Presenter: Dick Campbell
In July 1942, a World War II flight of eight U.S. Army Air Corps P-38 fighters and two B-17 bombers, with a total of 27 crew members on board, took off from Goose Bay, Labrador, headed for England. What followed was a harrowing and life threatening landing of the entire squadron on a remote ice cap in southeast Greenland. Miraculously, none of the crew was lost and they were all rescued, but their brand new airplanes were left on the ice cap, undisturbed for the next fifty years. Several expeditions to locate them in the 1980s found that they were buried under 268 feet of ice. This power-point picture presentation shows how a determined group of people overcame astonishing odds to finally rescue one of the P-38s in 1992 and bring it back to flying status in 2002. It’s a compelling modern adventure story.