Final Flight | The Mystery of a WWII Plane Crash and the Frozen Airmen in the High Sierra
In October 2005, two mountaineers climbing above Mendel Glacier in the High Sierra found the mummified remains of a man in a WW II uniform, entombed in the ice. The "Frozen Airman" discovery created a media storm and a mystery that drew author Peter Stekel to investigate. What did happen to the four-man crew who perished on a routine navigation training flight in 1942, 150 miles off course from its reported destination?
Stekel found bad weather, bad luck, and bad timing. Empty graves, botched records, and misguided recovery efforts. Then in 2007, the unimaginable happened again. Stekel himself discovered a second body in the glacier. Another young man would finally be coming home.