Recovery Mission Live Blog
July 28, 2013

Boston University journalism Professor Mitchell Zuckoff, author of Frozen In Time, has joined the North South Polar expedition to Greenland where he is live blogging the recovery of three World War II heroes entombed inside a glacier since November 1942. Two of the men were Lieutenant John Pritchard and Radioman Benjamin Bottoms, crewmen of a Coast Guard amphibious biplane who were trying to rescue survivors from a B-17 bomber that crashed during a search mission. The third man was the radio operator of the B-17, Corporal Loren Howarth. Read the live blog now!

Duck Hunting in Greenland

March 23, 2013

On Saturday, March 23, 2013 at noon, Lou Sapienza, CEO of North South Polar, Inc., will be speaking at Historic Flight in Mukilteo, Washington on the successful recovery of a WWII-era J2F-4 amphibious Grumman Duck aircraft from Greenland. The event is open to the public. Check out the announcement for additional details, or visit the Historic Flight website for more information.

Military.com: WWII Coast Guard Grumman Duck Crash Site Located
March 11, 2013

The Defense Department's Joint POW/MIA Personnel Accounting Command said an exhaustive search by an expedition team of U.S. Coast Guard servicemembers and North South Polar, Inc. Scientists and explorers has produced sufficient evidence that the crash site of a WWII Coast Guard Grumman Duck rescue aircraft missing for 70 years with three men aboard, beneath the ice near Koge Bay, Greenland, has been found, Coast Guard officials announced Jan. 14.

By using historical information, ground penetrating radar, a magnetometer and metal detection equipment, the expedition team isolated the location where the aircrew crashed on Nov. 29, 1942. The team then melted five six-inch-wide holes deep into the ice and lowered a specially designed camera scope. At approximately 38 feet below the ice surface in the second hole, the team observed black cables consistent with wiring used in WWII-era J2F-4 amphibious Grumman aircraft.

...“It was an incredible experience to hear the team announce over the hand-held radio that they located aircraft components within the second bore-hole,” said Lou Sapienza, CEO of North South Polar, Inc. “We’ve spent nearly three years of research planning for this moment. There is nothing more meaningful than to have the family members of the lost aircrew know we’ve located the site of the Duck.”

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Coast Guard announces WWII Coast Guard Grumman Duck crash site located after 70 years
January 14, 2013

The Defense Department's Joint POW/MIA Personnel Accounting Command said an exhaustive search by an expedition team of U.S. Coast Guard service members and North South Polar, Inc. Scientists and explorers has produced sufficient evidence that the crash site of a WWII Coast Guard Grumman Duck rescue aircraft missing for 70 years with three men aboard, beneath the ice near Koge Bay, Greenland, has been found, Coast Guard officials announced.