B-24 Pilot survives 1943 subarctic crash & 120 mile walk

FAIRBANKS — U.S. Army Air Corps 1st Lt. Leon Crane survived the ultimate cold weather experience when his plane crash-landed in the middle of Alaska’s subarctic wilderness near the headwaters of the Charley River. Unsure of his location, with no map, compass or GPS, Crane, the sole survivor, also had no food or water. His only warm clothes were those he wore upon bailing out.

Through some good luck and sheer determination, Crane tolerated temperatures down to 60 below Fahrenheit, hip deep snow and as little as three hours of sunlight a day as he spent 84 days walking back to civilization.
Subarctic heroism
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