The Sixty-Year Search for the Missing Men of World War II
On Sale: November 5, 2013
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In the fall of 1944, a massive American bomber carrying
eleven men vanished over the PacificÂ islands of Palau,
leaving a trail of mysteries. According to mission reports
from the Army Air Forces, the plane crashed in shallow
waterâ€”but when investigators went to find it, the wreckage
wasn't there. Witnesses saw the crew parachute to safety,
yet the airmen were never seen again. Some of their
relatives whispered that they had returned to the United
States in secret and lived in hiding. But they never
For sixty years, the U.S. government, the children of the
missing airmen, and a maverick team of scientists and scuba
divers searched theÂ islands for clues. They trolled the
water with side-scan sonar,Â conducted grid searches on
the seafloor, crawled through thickets of mangrove and
poison trees, and flew over the islands in small planes to
shoot infrared photography. With every clue they found, the
mystery only deepened.
Now, in a spellbinding narrative, Wil S. Hylton weaves
together the true story of the missing men, their final
mission, the families they left behind, and the real reason
their disappearance remained shrouded in secrecy for so
long. This is a story of love, loss, sacrifice, and faithâ€”of
the undying hope among the families of the missing, and the
relentless determination of scientists, explorers,
archaeologists, and deep-sea divers to solve one of the
enduring mysteries of World War II.
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