22. December 1942
Navigator Capt. Moe (AAF)
A plane borrowed from the far north reaches of
Canada was brought in for a rescue attempt of the PN9E crew.
On December 22, the plane took off from southern Greenland headed for the
weather station on the east coast. The plane encountered strong headwinds and
bad weather and ran out of gas one hour short of the weather station. The pilot
crash-landed the plane on a frozen fiord on the east coast. The two men aboard
the plane spent four days fighting their way through the elements until they
came upon a group of Eskimo hunters who took them to their village and cared for
them until the weather cleared. On January 2, 1943, the Eskimos escorted the men
to the weather station. The elements became so bad that it was four more months
before the two were returned to the continent.
to Greenland Crash