National Affairs: Three Down

In long flights over the desolate Arctic, the Army's big Alaska-based B-29s were writing a new textbook on polar flying. Last week they scribbled a new chapter in a hurry.

Somewhere over Greenland the giant Kee Bird lost its bearings, plunged down to a crash landing on a frozen lake. For three days the eleven-man crew sat it out, tapping out signals on a gasoline-powered radio. When a C-54 skimmed in for the rescue it was so cold that the pilot, Lieutenant Bobbie Joe Cavnar, never dared stop his engines.

By the time his rocket flasks had boosted the overloaded transport—with all the...

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