Rescue of Nobile's 1928 polar expedition

Rescue of Nobile's 1928 polar expedition

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Caption: Rescue of Nobile's polar expedition. Aeroplane of Swedish pilot Einar Lundborg (1896-1931) at the camp of Italian engineer and explorer Umberto Nobile. Nobile had led a crew of sixteen on board the airship 'Italia'. They flew over the North Pole, but while still in the Arctic crashed on 25 May 1928. An international rescue effort was launched, but several rescuers, including Roald Amundsen, died in the attempt. Lundborg, who piloted a Fokker CVM biplane (number '31') with landing skis, brought Nobile to safety, but crashed when taking off after returning to rescue others. The survivors were rescued by the 'Krasin' icebreaker by 15 July.

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