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Vanished : The Sixty-Year Search for the Missing Men of World War II
by Wil S. Hylton

Overview - Praised by Robert Kurson, Philipp Meyer, Hampton Sides, Michael Paterniti, and many others
"A powerful story, masterfully told."--"GQ"
" A] deeply textured, propulsive new book...a phenomenal writer."--"TIME.com"
"Marries an almost cinematically well-paced narrative with a deep sensitivity to the people whose lives it tells."--"The Boston Globe"
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Overview
Praised by Robert Kurson, Philipp Meyer, Hampton Sides, Michael Paterniti, and many others
"A powerful story, masterfully told."--"GQ"
" A] deeply textured, propulsive new book...a phenomenal writer."--"TIME.com"
"Marries an almost cinematically well-paced narrative with a deep sensitivity to the people whose lives it tells."--"The Boston Globe"
"Superb... Part Pacific Theater history, part Indiana Jones thriller."--"Newsday"
As featured on NPR's "Weekend Edition" and "The Diane Rehm Show"
In the fall of 1944, a massive American bomber carrying eleven men vanished over the Pacific islands of Palau, leaving a trail of mysteries. According to mission reports from the Army Air Forces, the plane crashed in shallow water--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 explained why.
For sixty years, the U.S. government, the children of the missing airmen, and a maverick team of scientists and scuba divers searched the islands for clues. They trolled the water with side-scan sonar, 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 faith--
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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  • ISBN-13: 9781594487279
  • ISBN-10: 1594487278
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books
  • Publish Date: November 2013
  • Page Count: 272
  • Reading Level: Ages 18-UP


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Books > History > Military - World War II
Books > History > Military - United States
Books > History > Military - Aviation

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-08-12
  • Reviewer: Staff

Journalist Hylton highlights the efforts to find missing American military personnel lost during WWII in the Pacific theater. The focus of the story is Dr. Pat Scannon, an M.D. with a doctorate in chemistry who became fascinated with the wreckage of American military aircraft while on a 1993 diving expedition in the Republic of Palau. The book follows Scannon as he establishes the Bentprop project and leads repeated private expeditions to Palau to search for the crash sites of the missing aircraft. One aircraft, a WWII bomber, becomes his obsession, and Hylton’s story traces Scannon’s decade-long quest to find it while highlighting many different and important aspects of the search for America’s lost military personnel and recreating the lives, training, and combat experience of the young crewmen who manned the lost aircraft. Hylton also describes the physiological and emotional impact that MIA status has on the surviving families of the lost men, and he details the extensive research necessary to locate the remains of the aircraft; the active role of the military’s Joint MIA/POW Accounting Command; and the patience and time necessary to achieve success. It’s a well-told story of WWII heroism and tragedy that demonstrates that the missing are not forgotten. (Nov.)

 
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