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1. Summary

In 2003, it is 75 years since the ”Latham”
disappeared with its French crew of four, Captain
René Guilbaud, lieutenant Albert de Cuverville, and
petty officers Emile Valette and Gilbert Georges Paul
Brazy, together with polar explorer Roald Amundsen
and navy pilot Leif Dietrichson. The cause of the
accident remains unresolved, and the wreckage has
never been found.

On September 30, 2002, the
Norwegian Aviation Museum initiated the
appointment of a working group, or special expert
group, whose purpose and primary objective was to
collect and examine available background material
on the the disappearance of the French seaplane
“Latham 47” at an unknown location on June
18,1928.

Previously obtained material and new
information have been analyzed, and two locations
have arisen as possible scenes of the incident, one
off the coast of Kvaløya and the other near the island
of Bjørnøya. The area around Bjørnøya is of particular
interest, for two main reasons:

                            - Ocean currents and meteorological
                              conditions that can explain the drift of the wreckage

 
                           
- The find of what was presumed to be
                               aircraft wreckage in 1933.


The group recommends a search by a suitable vessel with a remote controlled
submarine in the position where the “Kvitholmen” hauled up part of an aircraft in its
halibut nets in 1933. This may provide us with further information as to whether the
“Latham” sank there, and perhaps we may also find the engine.





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