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.

Rai Tv

Tuesday, 30 November 2010 00:02

Buongiorno Italia (a TV news and views programme) today transmitted an account of the recovery of the B-17 propeller which occurred last week.


Rai Tv (Aoste)

Sunday, 28 November 2010 00:04

Today the TV crew from the RAI Aosta Valley filmed a number of interviews for a broadcast concerning the B-17 of the Estellette Glacier.


New documents

Wednesday, 03 November 2010 00:10

Thanks to the efforts of an Aosta Valley giornalist, the reports made by the Carabinieri during the ‘70’s have been unearthed in the Police headquarters. We hope to be able to obtain a copy. We have also been honoured by the patronage of the Milan branch of the Italian Alpine Club, thanks to the enthusiastic participation of their President, Giorgio Zaia.


Geologic and turismo Congress

Friday, 22 October 2010 00:16

For many years, the continuous retreat of the Estellette Glacier has revealed remains of the B-17 which crashed on the Aiguille des Glaciers, and with them is emerging pieces of a hitherto unwritten story – a story which merits being commemorated and remembered, also through historic-naturalistic tourist initiatives. This is the theme of a poster presented at the Congrss of Geology and Tourism, Bologna, 21-22 October 2010.

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The difficult recovery of the propeller

Saturday, 16 October 2010 01:16

On a splendidly sunny day, thanks once again to the ever-appreciated assistance of the Pellissier family and the fearless Alpine Guide Mario Mochet, we succeeded in recovering the propeller which risked falling off the ledge and away into crevasse in the glacier.


One of the B-17’s propellers is found

Friday, 08 October 2010 01:05

Today, thanks to the invaluable assistance of the Pellisssier family who made available a helicopter for us, Gianni, Erik and Carlo flew over the Estellette Glacier and the crest of the Aiguile des Glaciers, where Edoardo Pennard, an Alpine Guide, recalled having seen the propeller during the ‘70’s. Unfortunately, no sign of the propeller was seen during the morning’s flight.

In the afternoon a second flight was equally unsuccessful, but a final flight was undertaken despite deepening fears that the propeller had disappeared for ever, since it was certainly not where Pennard claimed to have seen it. When all seemed to have been in vain, the pilot spotted something far below – it was the propeller, which had unlodged itself from the cliff face and fallen about 200 metres, ending up on a narrow ledge above a sheer drop onto the glacier.

Winter was approaching. Even a light snowfall or a small avalanche was likely to cause it to be lost for ever. It was urgent that an attempt at recovery should be made.


Tales of men, aircraft and glaciers

Saturday, 25 September 2010 00:40

On the 25th of September, at the Museum of the Resistance in Turin, Gianni Boschis details the current status of the research into the crash of the B-17. Introduction by Pierluigi Duranti.

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