• Allison McMIllian

WWII plane found in Greenland

During WWII, a P-38 Lightning fighter warplane named "Echo," flown by Army Air Corps Lt. Col. Robert Wilson, was lost in Greenland. This warplane was part of the "Lost Squadron."

The plane was found on July 4, 2018, by an aerial drone 300 feet underground in a glacier in Greenland. The searchers confirmed the location with a ground-based survey, according to Live Science.

The search team hopes to find other WWII aircraft wrecks and MIA (missing in action) soldiers. They plan to melt the ice next summer. Jim Salazar, search leader, said they used “a ground-penetrating radar antenna fitted to a heavy-lit aerial drone” to locate the plane. They were scanning a part of the glacier where hints of buried plane parts were found back in 2011. The ground team used a “thermal probe” to melt down to the plane. The probe came back up covered in hydraulic oil.

This P-38 aircraft was not the only one found in Greenland. The most recent P-38 fighter was found back in 1992 and was also part of the Lost Squadron. The plane was restored under the name “Glacier Girl.”

The Lost Squadron was made up of eight planes, including the two found in Greenland, which were flying from the U.S. to Britain in July 1942. They were flying along the “Snowball Route.” Hundreds of planes flew through the same route during WWII as part of “Operation Bolero.” There were eight planes that were flying the route when they hit a blizzard and were forced to crash land.

"Wilson and the other airmen from the lost squadron warplanes were rescued from the ice, but other U.S. servicemen whose planes crashed in the same area were not so fortunate," according to Live Science.