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Greenland's "Bermuda Triangle"
The Greenland J2F-4 WWII Repatriation Project: The Duck Hunt
At the request of the U.S. Coast Guard and in cooperation with the Department of Defense Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) and Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO), NSP is providing leadership and a highly specialized team to locate and confirm the remote Greenland crash-site of a WWII-era U.S. Coast Guard J2F-4 Grumman “Duck” amphibious biplane, then provide recovery operations for the preserved bodies of (2) US Coast Guard and (1) US Army Air Corps aircrew from up to 50 feet below the surface of the glacial ice sheet. The crewmen were killed November of 1942 while performing rescue operations for the crew of a downed B-17 bomber, which was in turn providing rescue operations to a downed C-53 troop carrier aircraft crew during WWII’s ‘Operation Bolero.’ NSP team members have and continue to work alongside Coast Guard, USGS, NASA and family members to unravel the exact location of where “the Duck” went down in order to pinpoint the location of the wreckage and crew’s remains inside the moving glacier.
The Greenland C-53 Skytrooper Repatriation Project
North South Polar will again join forces with the US Department of Defense to locate and recover the (5) crewmembers of a WWII C-53 troop carrier aircraft that went down on the ice. While radio transmissions and flare sightings prove the men survived, conditions at the time unfortunately did not permit their rescue. Their remains are presumed to be with the aircraft and buried up to 370 feet below the surface of the Greenland Ice Sheet. The above-mentioned J2F-4 crew crashed attempting to rescue the B-17 crew that was attempting to drop supplies to the C-53. In all 3 aircraft and 8 men were lost in this extremely dangerous, and ultimately fatal, operation.
The Greenland Single 7 WWII MIAs
Scattered around southeast Greenland are the remains of 7 U.S. Servicemen whose remains were logistically impossible to bring home at the time they were killed during WWII. NSP is investigating each of these cases to relocate the burial sites, and if possible, repatriate the remains to their families to U.S. soil through JPAC.