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In the fall of 1944, an American bomber carrying eleven men vanished over the Pacific islands. According to mission reports, the plane went down in shallow water — but when investigators went to find it, the wreckage wasn’t there. Witnesses saw the crew parachute to safety, but the men were never seen again. Some of their relatives whispered that they had come home in secret and lived in hiding. But they never explained why.

 

For sixty years, the US government, the children of the missing men, 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. With each new clue they found, the mystery only deepened.

 

Now, in a sweeping narrative, comes the true story of the missing men, their final mission, 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 relentless determination of archaeologists and explorers to solve one of the enduring mysteries of World War II.

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 A LOST PLANE, 

        ITS CREW,

              AND THEIR LEGACY