A mysterious disappearance.

On November 1st 1946, a B-17 “Flying Fortress” en route between Naples and London ploughs into the summit of the Aiguille des Glaciers, part of the Mont Blanc massif and disappears into the Glacier. The aircraft and its crew are lost..

The research and the discoveries.

Beginning in the 1970’s, as the Estelette glacier retreated, parts of the aircraft, its structure, instruments, clothing and personal effects began to emerge.

Commemoration of the crew.

The Italian-French Committee for the Commemoration of the B-17 of the Aiguille des Glaciers brings together enthusiasts who for years have dedicated time to searching for remains of the B-17, and the relatives of the crew with the intention of commemorating the story of the B-17 and its crew.

Finding of identity documents.

Friday, 17 September 2010 00:51

Something which appears to be an identity document belonging to one of the crew of the B-17 has been noted on an internet site.

 

Searches on the Glacier

Friday, 10 September 2010 00:56

Today, a six-man team undertook a series of new searches on the Estellette Glacier. The team was let by the geologist Gianni Boschis accompanied by Franco Bonetto (responsible for mapping the GPS coordinates of all finds), Erik Gillo (responsible for filming the expedition), Renato and Alberto, two enthusiasts and expert climbers, and Enrico Martinét, journalist of the Italian newspaper “La Stampa”.
Making best use of the favourable weater conditions, the team reached an altitude of 2700 metres, collecting and documenting the numerous artifacts they found, These include a cylinder from an engine, part of a parachute and a glove.

 

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