Carole Lombard and the Mystery of Flight 3
CD - unabridged
Audio (10 discs)
Product Number: DD11321
Released: Jan 14, 2014
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781482996692
Narrator/s: Tavia Gilbert
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This fresh look at Hollywood's "Queen of Screwball," Carole Lombard, presents a first-ever examination of the events that led to the shocking flight mishap that took her life on the side of a Nevada mountain in 1942. It also provides a day-by-day account of the struggles of Lombard's husband, Clark Gable, and other family, friends, and fans to cope with the tragedy. In effect, having just completed the first sale of war bonds and stamps in the nation following its entry into World War II, Lombard became the first Hollywood star to sacrifice her life in the war. The War Department offered Gable a funeral service with full military honors, but he refused it, knowing his wife would not approve of such spectacle. Based on extensive research rather than gossip, this investigation further explores the lives of the twenty-one others on the plane, including fifteen members of the US Army Air Corps, and addresses one of the most enduring mysteries of World War II. On a clear night full of stars, with TWA's most experienced pilot at the controls of a ten-month-old aircraft under the power of two fully functioning engines, why did the flight crash into that Nevada mountainside? This gripping page-turner presents the story of the people on the plane, the friends and families left behind, and the heroic first responders who struggled up a mountain hoping to perform a miracle rescue. It is a story of accomplishment, bravery, sacrifice, and loss.

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Author(s): Robert Matzen
Narrator(s): Tavia Gilbert
Product Number Z100077243
Released: Jan 30, 2014
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781482996647

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"Matzen exhaustively examines the TWA crash into a Nevada mountainside in January 1942 that resulted in the death of Hollywood actress Carole Lombard. She had just completed the first sale of war bonds before the U.S. entered WWII. Tavia Gilbert delivers a fast-paced narration in a pleasant voice. Others died in the crash, many of whom were members of the U.S. Army Air Corps, and the book provides an almost day-to-day account of the impact of those deaths on the families and loved ones of all involved. Gilbert brings appropriately subdued tones to Clark Gable, LombardÕs husband, who was never the same after his beloved wifeÕs death. Both the story and some of the narration lean toward the overly dramatic, but otherwise this is an enjoyable listening experience. W.A.G. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"