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    DescriptionFrom 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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    The Sixty Year Search for the Missing Men of World War II
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    By (author) Wil S. Hylton
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    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 210 mm
    Weight: 454 g
    ISBN 13: 9781594632860
    ISBN 10: 1594632863

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    Penguin Putnam Inc
    Imprint name
    Hudson Street Press (an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc)
    Publication date
    04 December 2014
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Wil S. Hylton is a contributing writer at "The New York Times Magazine." His award-winning stories have appeared in many national magazines, including "Harper's," "Esquire," "GQ," and "Rolling Stone." Hylton lives in Baltimore.
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    Praise for "Vanished" "A powerful story, masterfully told."--"GQ" "[A] deeply textured, propulsive new book...Hylton has fashioned something far more enduring than a feel-good read...Beyond the technical strength of Hylton's achievement...there are passages so expressive that we're constantly reminded we're in the hands of a phenomenal writer."--"TIME.com" ""Vanished."..marries an almost cinematically well-paced narrative with a deep sensitivity to the people whose lives it tells."--"The Boston Globe" "Superb... Part Pacific Theater history, part Indiana Jones thriller, "Vanished" pays tribute to the men who were lost in a largely forgotten campaign, and it celebrates the determination of the divers and scientists who risk their lives in exotic places to bring the missing home."--"Newsday" "A powerful tale of war that's also a briskly-paced thriller of forensic sleuthing. Read "Vanished," and you'll never think the same way again about the Pacific Theater--or the heroic flyers who gave their lives fighting in it."--Hampton Sides, author of "Ghost Soldiers" "A B-24 bomber is shot down over Palau in 1944, its crew never recovered. After sixty years, one hardly expects a happy ending, yet such is the love of the airmen's families, and the dedication of the men and women who take up the search, that a fierce hope burns through every page of "Vanished." Wil Hylton has given us a superb book."--Ben Fountain, author of "Billy Lynn's Long Half-Time Walk" "Spellbinding, moving, and masterfully researched, "Vanished" is at once a first-rate mystery and an ode to the timelessness of a loved one's memories. In writing it, Wil Hylton has done more than tell a beautiful story; he has spoken, as his heroes do, to one of man's noblest instincts, that no one should be left behind." --Robert Kurson, author of "Shadow Divers" "A beautifully reported tale sprawling from Texas to the South Pacific. Hylton writes about fat