Vanished: the sixty-year search for the missing men of World War II

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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.

Praise for Vanished

'A powerful tale of war that's also a briskly paced thriller of forensic sleuthing. Read Vanished , and you'll never think the same again about the Pacific theater - or the heroic fliers who gave their lives fighting in it.' Hampton Sides, author of Ghost Soldiers

'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 The Son

'A great read. Wil Hylton documents America's noblest policy in riveting narrative detail.' Stephen Hunter, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Third Bullet

'This is an astonishing, kaleidoscopic book - part mystery, thriller, and ghost story that happens to be true. I read it with goose bumps, convinced that Vanished will take its place among the classics of World War 11 literature. Wil Hylton is a storyteller extraordinaire.' Michael Paterniti, author of Driving Mr. Albert

'One of the best journalists working today.' John Jeremiah Sullivan, author of Pulphead

'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 Halftime 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.' Robert Kurson, author of Shadow Divers

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display_description " 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, archaeologists, and deep-sea divers who offered everything to finally give their story an ending"-- "From mesmerizing storyteller Wil S. Hylton, the gripping search for a missing World War II military crew, their bomber plane, and their legacy in American history"--
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subject_facet Aircraft accidents -- Investigation -- Palau, Airmen -- United States -- Biography, World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations, American, World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Palau, World War, 1939-1945 -- Missing in action -- Palau, World War, 1939-1945 -- Missing in action -- United States
title_display Vanished : the sixty-year search for the missing men of World War II
title_full Vanished : the sixty-year search for the missing men of World War II / Wil S. Hylton, Vanished The Sixty-Year Search for the Missing Men of World War II
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title_sub the sixty-year search for the missing men of World War II
topic_facet Aerial operations, American, Aircraft accidents, Airmen, Campaigns, History, Investigation, Military, Missing in action, Nonfiction, World War, 1939-1945