HARTFORD, Conn. – The U.S. Coast Guard Academy is honoring an alumnus who died on a daring rescue mission in Greenland during World War II.
Lt. John Pritchard, a pilot, was trying to save a man left stranded on the tundra by the crash of a B-17 when his own single-engine Grumman Duck plane went down in whiteout conditions in November 1942. A total of three service members died in the wreck.
The U.S. military has stepped up efforts to recover the plane that is now entombed in a glacier, including a mission to Greenland this summer by the Joint Personnel POW/MIA Accounting Command.
The academy in New London is inducting Pritchard into its Hall of Heroes on Friday afternoon. Pritchard was a member of the class of 1938.