Vanished

The Sixty-Year Search for the Missing Men of World War II
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Product Number: Z07238
Released: Nov 05, 2013
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ISBN: #9781470382810
Narrator/s: Chris Sorensen
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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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Author(s): Wil S. Hylton
Genre: History

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Author(s): Wil S. Hylton
Narrator(s): Chris Sorensen
Genre: History
Product Number C02822
Released: Jan 14, 2014
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ISBN: #9781470382803
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Author(s): Wil S. Hylton
Narrator(s): Chris Sorensen
Genre: History
Product Number MP1137
Released: Jan 14, 2014
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ISBN: #9781490603421
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Author(s): Wil S. Hylton
Genre: History
Product Number EB00384915
Released: Jun 05, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Riverhead Books
ISBN: #9781101616253

Professional reviews

"The story of the search for missing B-24s and their crews spans years, going back to the WWII mission in the Pacific. Chris Sorensen isn't actingÑhe's readingÑbut his delivery is both strong and human. Listeners will feel the everyday rhythms of fliers' lives in wartime, recreated from letters and memories. They'll also gain an understanding of the thought processes behind the investigation. At times, Sorensen is as methodical as the investigators, but his voice always conveys their sense of hope and personal commitment. His narration grows on listeners as the story unfolds. Those interested in WWII or the search for missing military personnel will be find this especially interesting. J.A.S. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"

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