Monday, 10 December 2018 13:59

Maine man leading trip to search for missing WWII airmen

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STATEWIDE (WGME) - A Maine man plans to bring a team of scientists to Greenland to find the remains of three military airmen who crashed during World War II.

Lou Sapienza, co-founder of the Fallen American Veterans Association, said he has new data that will help him find a Grumman duck plane that crashed into the ice 76 years ago. He said ice-penetrating radar will be used once the team is in Greenland. They plan to be there in the spring.

 

"The opportune time for us to be on the ice is April 1st," Sapienza said. "We really only have a six-, at most an 8-week window to be on the ice up there because of the melt, as the surface begins to melt the technology doesn't work all that well."

 

If the plane is found, the remains of the three airmen will be brought home to their families.