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Vanished : The Sixty-Year Search for the Missing Men of World War II

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This book is an excellent addtion to any WWII collection filling a niche that is ofter overlooked. Hylton's journalistic style is easy to read and quite engaging. He succesfully portrays the personalities of the missing men, the anguish of the families and the challenges encountered by the research team. This would also be a great book to help introduce WWII to a new generation.

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From a mesmerizing storyteller, the gripping search for a missing World War II crew, their bomber plane, and their legacy.

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. 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. From a mesmerizing storyteller, the gripping search for a missing World War II crew, their bomber plane, and their legacy.

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. 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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Publisher
Penguin Publishing Group
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
320
Author
Wil S. Hylton
ISBN-13
9781594632860
Publication Date
November, 2014
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.30 x 5.50 x 0.80 Inches
ISBN-10
1594632863

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This book is an excell...

This book is an excellent addtion to any WWII collection filling a niche that is ofter overlooked. Hylton's journalistic style is easy to read and quite engaging. He succesfully portrays the personalities of the missing men, the anguish of the families and the challenges encountered by the research team. This would also be a great book to help introduce WWII to a new generation.

Are their spirits wai...

"Are their spirits waiting to be remembered, or at least not forgotten?"At the end of World War II, 78,750 Americans were listed as Missing In Action (MIA) with roughly half in the Pacific.In 1993, Dr. Pat Scannon traveled to the Pacific and the Palau Islands as part of a search team looking into the first combat kill of the young naval aviator, George H.W. Bush. Bush's plane was on a photographic mission in the summer of the 1944 when he sank a 150-ft fishing trawler. Their search concluded when the wreck was located and weapons were found among the debris verifying the validity of the air strike and clearing controversy that innocents were killed.Following the completion of the trawler mission, Pat and his wife hired a guide to explore the islands and other war wrecks. As fate would have it, the guide took them to a beach to view a section of an aircraft wing. The sudden realization that it was a downed American aircraft changed Pat's life forever. Pat's detailed journal reports, "I just came around that bend in the coral, and I was a different person."Hylton has crafted a remarkable narrative from Scannon's dedicated research and personal journals. As a fairly uninformed American, I was mesmerized and held captive reading about the little covered Pacific battles; shocked by what now appear primitive, WWII aircraft and equipment used by our military.The story flows backward and forward through the lives of the lost servicemen still haunting these Pacific islands, their families still waiting for information 60 years after last contact and with Pat Scannon's dedication to finding answers. Scannon's integrity, patriotism, tenacity and ingenious methods have led to the recovery of many lost war heros. We follow Pat from his initial curiosity to the founding of the Bent Prop Project dedicated to locating and assisting with identifying American prisoners of war (POW) and missing in action (MIA) from World War II and other conflicts around the world.This slim 272 page book will stir your emotions.It has deeply stirred mine. Unbeknownst to me, my family had a WWII link to this Pacific timeline. My father, a WWII veteran, was very silent about his war experiences. Reading this book has given meaning and answers to some of my own questions.Highly recommend reading.

Hylton weaves the stor...

Hylton weaves the story of the missing men, the story of Scannon's epiphany, search for the men and the psychological effects of the Missing in Action appellation on their families. You have history, science, psychology, and a mystery all in one book that keeps you involved as you want to find out what happened to that plane and her crew. My great-aunt at least was able to bury her husband after the Philippines had been liberated and his remains recovered. These families lived in limbo not knowing what exactly happened to their loved ones and in Tommy Doyle's case, had relatives telling him that his father had abandoned he and his mother and had started a new family. That was a question I wished the book had answered. Why tell them that? Totally enjoyed this book.

Vanished tells the sto...

Vanished tells the story of a missing B24 bomber and its crew, shot down in the South Pacific during the Second World War. Author Wil Hylton fleshes out the story of the aircrew, their families and the searchers who, decades after the last shot of the war was fired, continue to scour even the most remote battlefields, seeking to find the missing and return them home. The balance between technical and personal is maintained throughout the book, and the story arc has a very nice pace to it. My one wish would be for the ultimate discovery to have been a bit more dramatic. All in all, Vanished is a good read that should hold the attention of a wide range of readers.

Well read, interesting...

Well read, interesting story about one plane and crew of a B 24 lost in the Pacific during WW2. Lots of excellent background information about B 24s, not a pleasant plane to fly or fight, and MIA recovery. The book has two good maps and several pictures used as chapter heading that add to the historic content. The trailer from the publisher is an excellent introduction. The Liberator wing collapsing under gun fire is an apt portrayal of a serious combat deficiency of this aircraft.

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