The Russian humor/satirical magazine “Crocodile” began publishing in 1922. During the United States Greenland build-up, the Soviets were watching us closely. Their Moscow Millie radio propaganda broadcasts knew intimate details about the service members that were at the base. For example, the broadcast would call out service members by name and state the hut number where they bunked. Investigators into information leakage at Thule Air Base never revealed their findings. It was assumed that the more than 8,000 individual contractors that helped build the base were leaking information to the Soviets.
In the magazine below, the Soviet magazine “Crocodile” depicts the January 21, 1968 crash of an American nuclear B-52 bomber. The crash was caused by a a crew member placing seat cushions in a heater vent, which later caused a fire onboard. The smoke became so thick that the pilot lost visibility and it crashed. Unknown to the Dutch, the United States had been conducting flyovers with nuclear bombs. The B-52 bomber crashed on the northwest corner of Greenland – Wolstenholme Fjord. 6 of the 7 crew escaped by parachute before impact and the subsequent fire. The fire broke up the hydrogen bomb’s fissionable nuclear material and leaked radiation into the fjord, contaminating the surrounding waters. Russian translation are in the captions. Thank you for the translation Irina. “Crocodile” ceased publication in 2008.
Jens Zinglersen and Jim Calhoun are the only two living members of the United States Air Force EOD SAC team that had the responsibility to find and recover, whatever that was left of the 4 hydrogen bombs. The B-52 crashed with 4-MK28 hydrogen bombs 11 kilometers west of Thule Air Base. The rescue and recovery took 9 months. Jim Calhoun retired as a Chief Master Sergeant after 20 years of service.
The Prince depicted above is the Soviets depiction of “HAMLET.”