Leave No Man Behind: Expert team prepares for the retrieval of the remains of the second world WAR fallen soldiers of up to 350 metres under the ice

The crashed biplane was the wearing of the coast guard Lt John Pritchard and Radioman 1st Class Benjamin Bottoms, as well as the U. S. Army Air Force Corporal Loren Howarth.

(Coast Guard)

It is a whole new take on the American military promise of “Leave No Man Behind.”

A 15-strong team of the non-profit Fallen American Veterans Foundation (FAVF) with the Department of Defense, the coast guard, and Google Earth is preparing to go on the search and recovery of U.S. service personnel missing in action during the second world War in some of the most inhospitable parts of the planet.

Their first mission is to locate and bring home the bodies of three men who are believed to be far below Greenland’s icy surface.

“Our extensive analytics gives a very specific area that is indicated in the hand-drawn treasure maps, where we actually a ‘X marks the spot’, the Lou Sapienza, chairman of FAVF, who leads a team of scientists, engineers and researchers in both the government and non-government missions to recover the remains, told Fox News.

Lt John Pritchard

(Coast Guard)

But now is the time – and money – are of the essence. Although they have the commitment of the air transport and recovery funding, they are dependent on the acquisition of the funding for the full field, multi-technology, scientific research – of which approximately $1.5 million must be privately raised.

Co-founded by Sapienza with the survivors of three AMERICAN Marine officers of 1946 Operation high jump, which were aimed at the AMERICAN research base on Antarctica, FAVF first mission is aimed at a U. S. Coast Guard J2F-4 Grumman Duck amphibious biplane that went to the middle of a rescue operation during a whiteout in remote terrain in the area of Køge Bugt, Greenland on Nov. 29, 1942. The aircraft was the wearing of the coast guard, the pilot, Lt John Pritchard and Radioman 1st Class Benjamin Bottoms, as well as the U. S. Army Air Force Corporal Loren Howarth.

Lou Sapienza, Chairman of FAVF – who leads an expert group of the alliance of scientists, engineers and researchers in both the government and non-government missions to recover the remains of those who disappeared in the line of duty.

(Lou Sapienza)

For the U. S. Coast Guard – that is the cooperation with the FAVF team on the expedition since 2010 – it is a distant expedition, which hits especially close to home.

“The coast guard has offered to provide aircraft and helicopter support for a well financed and professionally planned search,” Sapienza said. “This is very important for the U. S. Coast Guard – Pritchard and the Bottom are the last two coastguardsmen absence of the second world WAR.”

Benjamin Bottom

(Coast Guard)

Just nine minutes before the crash, Howarth was saved from a crashed B-17 Flying Fortress Bomber, which itself was looking for a C-53 that skidded on the ice during a return from a cargo run from Reykjavik, Iceland. During the mission, FAVF is also hoping to bring back the bodies of those who lost their lives on that C-53.

That plane went on 5 November 1942 . It was an Air Force C-53 BuNo 42-15569 SkyTrooper transport plane with five WWII u.s. Army Air Force crew, and came back from a cargo run to Reykjavik as a motor problem has caused stomach on the ice cap of Greenland. Radio communications established that all of the men initially survived the accident, but the resulting harsh weather conditions prevented a successful rescue.

FAVF team is prepping for a Greenland mission in April next year to pick up the remains of fallen soldiers WWll

(Lou Sapienza)

The aircraft could now be anywhere from 60 to 350 m below the ice surface, an unprecedented recovery depths.


Sapienza noted that when they work with authorities, the aircraft – it doesn’t matter how old and historic, are considered to be junk.”

“We are only there for one purpose, the restoration of the human remains,” he said.

Loren Howarth

(Coast Guard)

Sapienza’s current mission proposal runs to thirty days on location, but he is convinced that they will find the aircraft and the men within five to seven days after they have carried out a full site survey using state-of-the-art custom technology.

“As soon as we make real contact and have irrefutable proof, we will contact you with the Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, and further to melt, as a 4 meter wide hole down to the aircraft,” Sapienza continued. “If possible, we will liberate the bodies of both in-depth with the utmost respect befitting these heroes, who gave this country the full measure of their devotion. If we are not in the right way with respect rid of the bodies at depth, we bring the hull to the surface to do it.”


“We have to be in the right place at the right time with the right technology and the team on the 1st of April – the first that of the Greenland government may make an expedition in the remote site 116 km south-west of Kulusuk, Greenland,” Sapienza added.

(Lou Sapienza)

During these missions are the next on the agenda, they are just the tip of the iceberg. As it stands, FAVF has a solid data about the locations of about 100 people waiting to be brought home.

“We are working with a different group, which is very, very detailed information about a plane off the coast of Alaska that we know contains the remains of approximately 28 personnel on the way to the Korean Conflict during the 1950s or former U.S. House majority Leader Hale Boggs,” Sapienza said.

Boggs, while in office as the Majority Leader, disappeared in 1972. The remains of the twin-engine aircraft he was flying over the Alaskan sea is never found.

(Lou Sapienza)

In a plan other endeavor, a Vietcong colonel will lead their team to the site of five undocumented battlefield graves buried in grenade and bomb craters.

“FAVF missions, usually outside of the recovery is normally carried out by the Ministry of Defence. I believe it is our responsibility to take action, even the more difficult to found and to Honor the Promise of “Leave No Man Behind,” Sapienza added. “The families are waiting.”

Hollie McKay, is a staff reporter since 2007. She has expanded from the Middle East about the rise and demise of terrorist groups, such as ISIS in Iraq. Follow her on twitter via @holliesmckay

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