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"If you only have room in your collection for one book on WWII-era warbird wreck histories and recoveries, then it should be this one. Nicholas Veronico’s thorough research and clear, concise writing style make Hidden Warbirds a fascinating joy to read." - Alan Griffith, author of Consolidated Mess: The Illustrated Guide to Nose-turreted B-24 Production Variants in USAAF Combat Service
Aviation historian Nicholas A. Veronico has been investigating and writing about aircraft wrecks for many years. His website, wreckchasing.com, is the go-to source for enthusiasts who want to know more about how to locate vintage airplane wrecks and then tell their stories. In this engaging new book, Veronico explores the romantic era of World War II Warbirds and the stories of some of its most famous wrecks, including the "Swamp Ghost" (a B-17E which crashed in New Guinea in the early days of World War II and which was only recently recovered), and "Glacier Girl" (a P-38, part of "The Lost Squadron," which crashed in a large ice sheet in Greenland in 1942). Throughout, Veronico provides a history of the aircraft, as well as the unique story behind each discovery and recovery with ample illustrations. Hidden Warbirds is aviation history at its best.
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About the Author
Author Nicholas A. Veronico (San Carlos, CA) comes from a family of pilots—both his mother and father held private tickets, and his brother is a commercial pilot who flies for a major airline. Veronico got his start in aviation journalism in 1984. He has written more than 25 books on aviation, military, and local history subjects, and was the lead author of Wreckchasing 101: A Guide to Finding Aircraft Crashes and Crashes Sites. In 1995, he started the website Wreckchasing.com, which has become the central meeting place for the wreckchasing community. Veronico has explored more than 100 aircraft crash sites throughout the United States. This is his ninth book for Zenith Press.
Table of Contents
Introduction: How the Hunt for Hidden Warbirds Has Evolved
Part One: Up from Under Water
Two of the Rarest: Side-by-Side Helldiver and Dauntless Restorations
The Last Vindicator: SB2U-2 up from Lake Michigan
Two Navy Crosses in SBD-2 BuNo 2106
Part Two: In from the Jungle
B-17E Swamp Ghost and Its Long Road Home
Recovering the Mount Cyclops P-61 Black Widow
Bringing Out a Betty, a Judy, a Tony, and a Zero
Big Island B-18 in Situ
Part Three: The Frozen North
P-38 Glacier Girl
Million Dollar Valley Marauders
Alaskan Liberators: One in Place, One Recovered
Part Four: Lucky Finds: Rare Warbirds in Unusual Places
Mustang in a Garage: P-51D (F-6D) Lil Margaret
Navy Harpoon on a Grass Strip
Some Assembly Required: B-17E/XC-108 Desert Rat
Part Five: Recovering the Big Fleets: Squadrons Return
Rescued from a Desert Boneyard: The B-29s of China Lake
Corsairs Recovered from Honduras
Latin American Mustangs Fuel the Warbird Movement
Epilogue: They’re Still Out There . . .
Bibliography and Suggested Reading