Lost in the Pacific: Epic Firsthand Accounts of WWII Survival Against Impossible Odds

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"…captivating, real, human. Epic!" — Aviation News Journal
"As a former fighter pilot, I couldn't put this book down!" — James Murphy, Author of Courage to Execute
A must for fans of the bestselling Unbroken!
With dreams of flying, they enlisted from all across America, eager to defeat the Japanese and bring an end to the war. Most were no more than 21 or 22 years old, fresh from pilot training, with quick ...

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Overview

"…captivating, real, human. Epic!" — Aviation News Journal
"As a former fighter pilot, I couldn't put this book down!" — James Murphy, Author of Courage to Execute
A must for fans of the bestselling Unbroken!
With dreams of flying, they enlisted from all across America, eager to defeat the Japanese and bring an end to the war. Most were no more than 21 or 22 years old, fresh from pilot training, with quick reflexes, sharp eyes, and keen intelligence. And when they crashed, they needed every physical and mental advantage to survive. Their ordeals began with blunt-force impact with the sea. From overhead, a hail of bullets from enemy planes. From below, the imminent danger of shark attack. Then the ongoing perils of drowning, exposure, heat, storms, and capture. Two out of three airmen who survived their crashes were forever lost.
The lucky ones lived to tell these amazing stories. The creator of the "Lost Histories of World War II" series and cofounder of The Military Channel, editor L. Douglas Keeney reviewed hundreds of reels of microfilm from the archives of Maxwell Air Force Base’s History Center, searching out the most captivating first-person accounts among the crash-and-rescue reports from WWII’s Pacific Theater. Each of these 23 previously unpublished narratives, recounted in the airman’s own words, tells a true-life tale that’s stranger than any fiction. Each forms a testament to human resilience, character, and fortitude. All offer inspiring new insights into the heroics of the vanishing generation whose valor will live forever.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781619331204
  • Publisher: FastPencil, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/24/2014
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 297,772
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

L. Douglas Keeney has a master's degree from the University of Southern California and is a military historian and researcher. He is the cofounder of The Military Channel, on which he hosted the series Gun Camera. He has also appeared on The Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, CBS, and Fox in the Morning. The author or coauthor of 12 books on military history, Mr. Keeney is a pilot and a scuba diver and has visited many of the World War II sites mentioned in this book. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky.

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