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Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II (P.S.) Paperback – April 29, 2014
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, April 2013: Talk about bad luck: In 1942, a United States cargo plane crash-landed while flying over Greenland, stranding the crew on sea of ice. A rescue flight was quickly dispatched--it crashed in a November storm, stranding its own nine crewmembers. The third time was not the charm: a second rescue mission disappeared in another blizzard, leaving neither clues nor apparent survivors. Subsequent attempts--some with fatal results--failed under the harsh conditions, forcing the men to weather the Arctic winter in makeshift shelters, including the tail section of a broken bomber. This tale of survival in the deadliest conditions would be enthralling on its own (and it is), but Zuckoff's meticulous research led him to a modern-day group dedicated to solving the mystery of the third flight. As a chronicler of their mission, Zuckoff is swept into their adventure, and his project becomes much more than an interesting World War II subplot. Part Alive, part Shackleton, Frozen in Time is a thrilling story of courage, perseverance, and loyalty that spans decades. --Jon Foro --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
It sounds so implausible that you think it must be fiction: in 1942, a U.S. military cargo plane crashed in Greenland; soon after, a B-17 bomber, assigned to the rescue mission, also crashed; and, not much longer after that, a Coast Guard rescue plane carrying one of the B-17 survivors disappeared in a storm. Facts, not fiction. Nearly seven decades later, Lou Sapienza, a commercial photographer who documented an earlier effort to find lost WWII planes, put together an expedition to Greenland aimed at finding out what happened to that Coast Guard plane. Author Zuckoff tagged along, chronicling the adventures of the colorful Sapienza while also telling us, through flashbacks, the story of the survivors of the B-17 crash and their months-long ordeal to stay alive while awaiting rescue. Zuckoff, who also wrote 2011’s Lost in Shangri-La (about a different but equally compelling WWII crash-and-rescue story), juggles the modern-day and historical stories adroitly, making us feel as though we are right there with the crash survivors, fighting against the bitter cold. --David Pitt --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Some of the members of the 2012 search team had been part of finding one of a squadron of P-38s lost over Greenland during the war. This is a story of courage, of faith and of honor. The stories told by those who survived and were rescued tell of extraordinary endurance and will, both on the part of the survivors and those looking for them, some of whom lost their lives during that search.
The story of the searchers and their mission in 2012 shows just how far our technology has come, and how limited it still is in the face of the treacherous and unpredictable weather that makes up modern Greenland. Again, bravery and tenacity hold the modern day searchers to their task, despite the odds being against them.
It's not a spoiler to say that they do eventually find the plane for which they were searching, but it recounts the ingenuity they needed to make their search and their high-tech tools work for them.
This book is as compelling as any adventure novel and has the added touch of it being a true story and the superior writing skills of Mitchell Zuckoff.
Very highly recommended.