The Sixty-Year Search for the Missing Men of World War II
ISBN 9781594487279 | 240 pages | 05 Nov 2013 | Riverhead | 9.25 x 6.25in | 18 - AND UP
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From a mesmerizing storyteller, the gripping search for a missing World War II crew, their bomber plane, and their legacy.
On September 1, 1944, a massive American bomber carrying eleven men vanished over the tiny Pacific archipelago of Palau, leaving behind a trail of mysteries.
For more than sixty years, the U.S. government, the children of the missing airmen, and a maverick team of scientists and scuba divers searched the archipelago for clues with cutting-edge technology and unyielding determination. They crawled through thickets of mangrove and slogged into groves of poison trees, flew over the islands in private planes shooting infrared photography, trolled the water with magnetometers and side-scan sonar, and launched grid searches on the seafloor, but the trail seemed to lead nowhere. Now, in a spellbinding narrative, Wil S. Hylton weaves together the true tale of the missing men, their final days, the loved ones left wondering, and the broad sweep of world events that converged upon their last mission.
With more than 56,000 troops still missing, the Pacific theater of World War II accounts for two-thirds of all American MIAs over the past century. These soldiers have never been seen again. But our government has never stopped trying to find them, and for two generations, their families have passed down the wounds of war, unable to find closure in a story without an ending. This is the story of those missing soldiers, the families they left behind, and the legion of scientists, explorers, archeologists, and deep-sea divers who offered everything to finally give their story an ending.
Praise for Vanished
“This is an astonishing, kaleidoscopic book—part mystery, thriller, and ghost story that happens to be true. I read it with goosebumps, convinced that Vanished will take its place among the classics of World War II literature. Wil Hylton is a storyteller extraordinaire. We owe him a huge debt of gratitude for honoring the fallen with such clear-eyed, big-hearted power here.”—Michael Paterniti, author of The Telling Room
"A breathtaking work of literary journalism and a dazzling debut. Vanished unfolds like a cinematic mystery while exploring the eternal questions of war, love, and loss. Hylton is a master storyteller."—Philipp Meyer, author of American Rust
Praise for Wil S. Hylton
“Wil is not only a tenacious reporter, he’s also a gifted storyteller. . . . By now you should know that when you see Wil’s byline on a piece, it doesn’t really matter what it’s about. Just read it.”—Hugo Lindgren, The New York Times Magazine
“There is no boosterism or puffery in saying that Wil Hylton is one of the best journalists working today.” —John Jeremiah Sullivan, author of Pulphead
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