By Wil S. Hylton
From a captivating storyteller, the gripping look for a lacking global warfare II group, their bomber airplane, and their legacy.
In the autumn of 1944, a major American bomber sporting 11 males vanished over the Pacific islands of Palau, leaving a path of mysteries. in keeping with venture reviews from the military Air Forces, the aircraft crashed in shallow water—but while investigators went to discover it, the wreckage wasn’t there. Witnesses observed the workforce parachute to safeguard, but the airmen have been by no means obvious back. a few of their family whispered they'd again to the us in mystery and lived in hiding. yet they by no means defined why.
For sixty years, the U.S. executive, the kids of the lacking airmen, and a maverick staff of scientists and scuba divers searched the islands for clues. With each clue they discovered, the secret basically deepened.
Now, in a spellbinding narrative, Wil S. Hylton weaves jointly the real tale of the lacking males, their ultimate project, the households they left at the back of, and the genuine cause their disappearance remained shrouded in secrecy for therefore lengthy. this can be a tale of affection, loss, sacrifice, and faith—of the timeless wish one of the households of the lacking, and the relentless decision of scientists, explorers, archaeologists, and deep-sea divers to unravel one of many enduring mysteries of global conflict II.
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Al Jose gritted his tooth. The squadron stayed shut. They undergone the worst of the anti-aircraft fireplace and made a large loop. after they again to the crash website, they descended to 4 thousand toes. The anti-aircraft artillery within the hills blasted hearth of their path. a few of Jose’s crewmen have been already injured. One was once bleeding from the intestine. one other aircraft within the squadron was once riddled with multiple hundred holes, and had misplaced its hydraulic process, navigator’s telescope, intercom, and left gasoline tank, whereas within the again, the waist gunner had flak from seventy-five-millimeter projectiles lodged in his belly. nonetheless, the squadron stayed low over the wreckage. They rotated for 90 mins, trying to find survivors. “It used to be crazy,” Jose said. “They don’t even make videos like that. ” But the single factor they'd see was once a lone eastern patrol boat dashing clear of the wreckage towards the shore. there has been no technique to understand evidently no matter if a captured airman was once on board. again on Wakde that evening, one guy wrote in his magazine, “Went to Palau this day. one of many planes used to be hit and broke into flames. males leap out and eastern velocity boat decide them up. wish they get alongside ok. Palau is hell. ” 13 BREAKTHROUGH BentProp was once transforming into. After ten years at the islands, either the crew and the venture have been altering. Scannon had started the hunt with a listing of 3 B-24s. Now he knew of no less than 4 others, plus a medley of smaller planes. He now not traveled with the Lamberts and Bailey, yet got here with the skydivers every one year—and every year, they drifted further from the Arnett channel. On their first day, they'd cease on the Palau ancient maintenance place of work, a low concrete construction on Koror, the place the nationwide archaeologist, Rita Olsudong, could factor them a let to look for wartime wrecks. Scannon had first reached out to Olsudong at invoice Belcher’s request. Having the let gave BentProp the sheen of legitimacy, and as soon as his papers have been so as every year, Olsudong might cross alongside the coordinates of any newly found wrecks. together with her endorsement, he used to be additionally welcome on the optimum degrees of Palauan politics. every now and then, the president of Palau, Tommy Remengesau, may summon Scannon to the capitol for a private replace at the seek. while, Scannon’s courting with the army lab was once deepening. every year he brought a typed record on his most recent undertaking, together with maps and pictures and archival files to provide an explanation for what he’d chanced on. With wars brewing, in Afghanistan and Iraq, the reviews occasionally traveled a long way past the lab. For a guy heading to Mazar-e Sharif or Kunduz, to Basra or Fallujah, the data that somebody, someplace, might by no means enable him disappear made the day-by-day face of strive against a whisper much less grim. In 2002, the commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, Jim Jones, wrote Scannon a private observe: “I are looking to show my honest gratitude to the BentProp venture to your altruistic quest to find the servicemen who fought in international conflict II and feature been declared lacking in motion within the jungles and waters surrounding the Republic of Palau.