WWII Pilot Is Found Frozen In Glacier
Park rangers and an anthropologist were busy beginning to excavate the body just Wednesday. The body was laying face down, and hikers in the Mendel Glacier area could see the body's head and arm protruding from the ice. This area is extremely remote and takes several days for even the most seasoned ice climbers to reach.
It's an unbelievable discovery, and they hope to unravel the mystery as to whom this man is. "It's almost a snapshot in time," said Dr. Bob Mann, deputy scientific director of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, based in Hawaii. "This crewman, whoever he turns out to be, he's somebody who went missing 60 years ago."
Prior to World War II, it's known that up to two dozen planes crashed in the Kings Canyon area during test flights. Historians believe that this airman might be the last remaining crew member from an AT-7 plane crash that occurred on November 18, 1942. A hiker found 4 of the bodies back in 1947.
Scientists will work on excavating the body and preserving it. Hopefully, the airman is still carrying some sort of identification, like dog tags. If not, they will do DNA analysis of the tissue. They say it will be a long tedious process of getting his body free of the glacier, but perhaps learning who this poor soul is will bring comfort to the mystery airman's family.
Interestingly, there have been some very monumental discoveries in glaciers and such. Here's a quick rundown of a couple lifeforms "on ice."
Frozen micorganisms...In 1997 and 1998 American and Russian scientists discover a plethora of new microscopic lifeforms trapped in ancient ice from the South Pole.
Wooly Mammoth...Only 50 of these prehistoric beasts have been found, and only 12 have been the entire body. In 1997, an entire mummified Woolly Mammoth was found in Siberian ice. It was removed in October 1999 to a frigid, underground cave where it has been carefully studied.
Oetzi, the original Iceman...He was discovered in the Italian Alps back in 1991. Oetzi was wearing goatskin boots and a grass cape. They also found him with a copper-headed axe and quiver full of arrows. Scientists believe Oetzi was in combat before he died. He had an arrow wound in his shoulder and a wound on his hand.
"Little Baby"...Celine Dion and hubby Rene used in vitro fertilization to conceive their first child, Rene Charles. Doctors were actually able to fertilize TWO embryos, and Celine has kept the remaining embryo frozen. She plans on defrosting Rene's brother soon. "We have a little baby waiting for us," she said. "I don't know if it's good forever but I think it lasts for a very long time. I'll go get it, that's for sure."
Her embryo will go on...and on...
Is that her son Rene Charles or a member of Hanson?