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 US 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. Download and start listening now!