Gauligletscher

Location: Bernese Alps, 657.000 / 163.000; length (1973): 6.55 km; orientation: NE; surface area (1973): 17.7 km2

On November 19th 1946 an American Airforce plane, a Douglas C-53 Dakota, made a forced landing on Gauligletscher above Meiringen. All passengers and crew survived and were rescued.

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Recently calved icebergs in the rapidly growing glacial lake (Bruno Petroni, August 2009).
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Several icebergs show elevated strand lines (Bruno Petroni, August 2009).
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Panorama photo taken from the lake's southern shore (Bruno Petroni, August 2009).
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Overview from the north (access from Gaulihütte, Swiss Alpine Club; Bruno Petroni, August 2009).
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Gauligletscher and its proglacial lakes from the E; Grienbärgligletscher top left (12. August 2004, J. Alean).
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Proglacial lakes, tabular icebergs and terminus of Gauligletscher from the E; note formation of a delta in the new lake at bottom left (12. August 2004, J. Alean).
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The glacier tongue seen from the south. At the top margin is Mattenalpsee, an artificially dammed lake (12. August 2004, J. Alean).
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This view from the north emphasizes structures in the dead ice and a kettlehole, filled with greenish meltwater, in the foreground (12. August 2004, J. Alean).
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Close-up of a delta and some tabular icebergs in the proglacial lake (12. August 2004, J. Alean).
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Icefall of Gauligletscher; Grienbärgligletscher in the left background (12. August 2004, J. Alean).
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Medial moraine and icefall of Gauligletscher (12. August 2004, M. Hambrey).
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Accumulation area of Gauligletscher (12. August 2004, M. Hambrey).
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The Dakota with 12 survivors and the first rescue team (Swiss airforce).
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The Dakota between large, open crevasses and dropped rescue material (Swiss airforce).
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Fieseler Storch in the background, the plane used for rescue (Swiss airforce).
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The Dakota being dismantled in May 1947. The plane has formed a glacier table (Swiss airforce).