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. Download and start listening now!