Frozen in Time: Recovery Mission

Frozen in Time: Recovery Mission


by Adrienne Lavidor-Berman on Jul 12, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Author Mitchell Zuckoff, a professor of journalism at Boston University, is heading to Greenland this summer to help recover 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. Zuckoff described the historic events and the search for the lost plane in his most recent book, "Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II." In this blog, he'll be documenting the public-private partnership to carve through thousands of tons of ice to fulfill the U.S. military's promise to "leave no man behind."

Follow the stream below for updates on Zuckoff's travels. You can also follow him on Twitter @MitchellZuckoff.


  • Jenna Rizzo 9/8/2013 4:19:31 PM
    And I thought getting into Lake Washington was chilly. I'm glad you all are having a little fun while you can. Stay safe out there upon return to the ice. Can't wait to hear how WeeGee's descent turns out. Keep us posted, Nick.
  • Larry Luckjohn 9/9/2013 10:13:32 PM
    Greetings and best wishes to the team! Extend my greetings and thanks to Jaana Gustafsson. She seems like a sweet gal !!
  • Larry Luckjohn 9/9/2013 10:13:35 PM
    Greetings and best wishes to the team! Any one having contact with
  • Betsey Whitney 9/10/2013 2:29:07 AM
    The Team's perseverance is absolutely limitless. I need the humor of "feathered flurry" and the imagery of Frank, John and Nick----swimming with the ice bergs?? to counteract emotions while reading about the persistent, furious challenge of Greenland's unforgiving weather and yet the constant response of returning to the ice. Wee Gee, you've got courage. Wouldn't want to trade places with you in that glacier-diving structure. But that's why you're there and I'm here. You and your team are amazing, amazing, amazing. Again, God bless.
  • Mitchell Zuckoff 9/10/2013 2:35:31 AM
    RECOVERY MISSION -- GENERAL UPDATE

    September 9, 2013

    I'm anticipating a new blog post shortly from safety team leader Nick Bratton. All is well, but they're having problems with the satellite internet uplink; I'll be taking dictation from the glacier via satellite phone. I hope.

    In the meantime, North South Polar chief Lou Sapienza sent this slide show from aboard the cargo freighter Johanna Kristina, which he sailed aboard from Tasiilaq to Koge Bay as part of the early phase of equipment removal from the glacier.

    (Photos by Lou Sapienza) 
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  • Stephanie Kirkwood 9/10/2013 11:01:50 PM
    Good luck to you all in getting the equioment off the ice! So glad that Jana (from Germany) can be there with you,..... Thanks Lou for making it happen! Look forward to more blog updates and Lou - keep those great photo shots coming!
  • Nancee D-S 9/13/2013 11:53:37 AM
    I feel the pain and disappointment of all the team members! So sad that your mission ended like this. Keeping fingers crossed and wishes high that a team will be able to return next June, finish the search and bring these men home to their country and their families.
  • RayRedd 9/13/2013 3:36:12 PM
    It just so happens that I've been reading Mitch's book detailing the multiple crashes, rescue efforts and the first location/recovery expedition over the last several days, and just this morning came to the final chapters including the plans for a 2013 return. Now, I've read most of the blog posts and am more impressed than ever at the perseverance, dedication and toughness of the entire team. Your commitment to honor those fallen while trying to save others is commendable and impressive. Actively looking forward to future posts and hopefully a successful 2014 expedition.
  • Tamara Kutzko 9/13/2013 9:24:19 PM
    It would be great if our first few attempts at any goal brought immediate success; but rarely in life does that occur. Only through experience do we attain wisdom. Hindsight provides us with valuable lessons. This mission gave everyone involved - experience - that will benefit your next mission to recover these 3 fallen heroes. I have read your book "Frozen in Time" and followed the blog daily. I do not believe this mission was a failure by any means. Lessons were learned, valuable life experiences brought knowledge - all of which will aide in your next expedition. Most importantly, everyone who was involved in this courageous mission is returning home safely. Bless you all for your bravery and hard work.
  • Mel Lutgring 9/30/2013 6:45:26 PM
    Great epilogue to this year's Duck Hunt! Thoroughly enjoyed all the updates! Thanks for making it available!
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