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"LOST SQUADRON" P-38 RECOVERED ON 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF CRASH

 "LOST SQUADRON" P-38 RECOVERED ON 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF CRASH
 ATLANTA, July 15 /PRNewswire/ -- WWII P-38 Pilot Brad McManus, Valley Forge, Pa., a member of the "Lost Squadron" which crash-landed on the Greenland Ice Cap in 1942, and O. Earl Toole, Bloomington, Ind. -- one of the men who helped rescue him -- were among the group of two dozen explorers who gathered today at the site to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the landings by completing recovery of one of the planes.
 The July 15, 1942, landings signalled the end of a flight of two B-17 bombers and six P-38 fighters, which had been on the way to England to support military operations in Europe. Over the years, the planes disappeared beneath the snow and became equally enshrouded in legend: eight virtually brand-new warbirds, just waiting to be flown again ... if they could be found.
 And today, as McManus and Toole watched, the final sections of a P-38 fighter were slowly brought to the surface from beneath 265 feet of ice. This marked the latest success for a group which began searching for the planes in 1981.
 Pat Epps and Richard Taylor of Atlanta had established the Greenland Expedition Society with a vow to locate, recover and restore planes from the Lost Squadron. Because movement of the glacier had shifted the planes one mile from the original crash site and the weather had buried them beneath an unknown depth of snow and ice, the Squadron was destined to remain lost for another eight years. Then, through a combination of careful study of the glacier and the use of state-of-the-art electronic equipment, the site was identified. An effort in 1990 recovered portions of a B-17, which proved to be heavily damaged by movement of the glacier and the weight of the ice pack.
 However, the P-38 being recovered this year is in restorable condition. When work is complete4d, it will join the five other flyable P-38s remaining in the world today.
 Portions of the P-38 will be displayed at the annual Experimental Aircraft Association meeting in Oshkosh, Wis., (July 31 to Aug. 6). Also, BFGoodrich Aerospace -- one sponsor of the society -- will host a display of both P-38 and B-17 components (recovered in 1990), along with a documentary videotape, at the bi-annual Farnborough Air Show (Sept. 6-13) in England.
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 /CONTACT: Elaine Epps of the Greenland Expedition Society, 404-458-0980, or Brayton Harris of BFGoodrich Aerospace, 216-374-3096/ CO: Greenland Expedition Society; BFGoodrich Aerospace ST: Georgia; Ohio IN: ARO SU:


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