About 1 o’clock in the morning of November 1st 1946, a USAF B17 bomber took off from Naples, headed for
London. It never reached its destination, and the eight crew members were declared “missing”.
The following summer, the remains of the plane and its crew were found by chance by a French Alpine Patrol
on the Estellete Glacier, Mont Blanc.
Snow and ice shrouded the wreckage which was soon absorbed by the glacier. It became lost and forgotten
again, just one of many whose papers disappear into the secret depths of military archives.
With the gradual retreat of the glaciers, which began to accelerate from about the 1970’s, aircraft parts,
personal effects and sometimes human remains began to re-emerge from their icy tomb.
Today, some 65 years later, thanks to a through analysis of the relevant documentation and contacts
with the families of the crew, the facts and the faces have been reconstructed through a window onto that last tragic flight.