Sunday, June 30, 2013

Frozen in Time by Mitchell Zuckoff

Frozen in Time
by Mitchell Zuckoff
4 stars - a wonderful adventure

From the dust jacket.

On November 5, 1942, a U.S. cargo plane on a routine flight slammed in the Greenland ice cap. Four days later, a B-17 on the search and rescue mission became lost in a blinding storm and also crashed. Miraculously, all nine men on the B-17 survived. The U.S. military launched a second daring rescue operation, but the Grumman Duck amphibious plane sent to find the men flew into a severe storm and vanished.

First off, Greenland is so off my bucket list. Just a totally nasty place. Yet a strategic launch point during World War II with coast guard cutters guarding the shores and military planes using it as a refueling point on their way to England and Europe.

Mr. Zuckoff alternates his chapters between past and present. The past detailing the multiple plane cashes and ongoing attempts at rescue, the present about the mission to bring home the remains of the soldiers buried in the ice pack. 

Even if you don't normally read non-fiction, I highly recommend this book. Mr. Zuckoff carries things along in the style of an action / adventure thriller. 

As a side note, the coast guard cutter, Northland, plays a key role in the ongoing rescue attempts. My sister served as a Lieutenant on the second generation Northland named after the ship in the book.

This is the original Northland floating around in Greenland.

And the current Northland which does search and rescue and law enforcement missions all along the Atlantic coast.


  1. OK... I'll bite - even if it doesn't have rottweilers in it!

  2. I'll definitely have to check it out. I've landed in Greenland a few times (only once was it actually on the flight plan) and yeah, I'd definitely cross it off your list of places to go. As far as I can tell, its only purpose for existence at this point is to have a place for big planes with mechanical issues to land and be able to take off again. I could be wrong...

    -Dr. Liz, who is currently at work, trying to avoid the pile of stuff on my desk.

  3. That sounds really interesting! You always find the coolest stuff to read about!