Into Thin Air

Shot down by a MiG over the Baltic, a Swedish Air Force C-47 vanished. Linnéa Holmberg Wensby describes the challenging project to salvage and preserve it

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The conserved remains of ‘Hugin’ at the Swedish Air Force Museum.
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There was no response. The radio was silent and the radar showed nothing. A Swedish Air Force Douglas C-47 flying over the eastern Baltic Sea with eight men on board had vanished. Three days later a Consolidated Catalina searching for the missing aircraft was shot down by a Soviet fighter. Its crew members were rescued from the cold, inhospitable waters. Families and friends of the C-47’s crew were in shock – which extended to the entire nation. In was June 1952 and Sweden’s biggest Cold War mystery had begun.

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