In late May of 1968, USS Essex (CVS-9) was operating in the Norwegian Sea with Anti-Submarine Air Group 60 (CVSG-60) when they were buzzed by Russian bombers, ending with one crashing into the sea.#USNavy #CVSG60 #VS39 #VS34 #HS9 #VAW121 pic.twitter.com/PWumRYpDL5— 🇺🇸 Old Submariner ⚓️ (@USN_Submariner) September 18, 2021
The R4D-5 was ski-equipped DC-3 used by the U.S. Navy for Project Ski Jump. The airplane carried out landings on drifting ice in the Beaufort Sea. The landing gear collapsed upon landing during one of these flights. The aircraft was abandoned on the ice.
It was discovered by the Soviets in May 1954 who repaired the plane and used it briefly as CCCP-H417 before it crashed late 1954. It was damaged beyond repair on landing at drifting polar station SP-3 in bad visibility when the landing gear struck a hummocked ice ridge and the aircraft belly-landed; fuselage used as a sauna and eventually sank.