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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (November 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591144108
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591144106
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.9 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...an engaging and readable book." -- Alaska History, Spring/Fall 2003

"Andrew Jampoler... has spun a memorable tale... overall'Adak' is an adventure story to rival the best you've ever read." -- Daniel Ford, The Wall Street Journal, May 16, 2003 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Andrew C. A. Jampoler is the author of Horrible Shipwreck!, The Last Lincoln Conspirator, and Sailors in the Holy Land. A resident of Leesburg, VA, he spent more than twenty years in the U.S. Navy and flew a P-3 Orion on the same mission from the same base.

More About the Author

Andrew Jampoler lives in the Lost Corner of Loudoun County, Virginia, with his wife, Susan, a professional geographer, and their two golden retrievers. They have married children in Pennsylvania and Iowa. He is an alumnus of Columbia College and the School of International and Public Affairs, both of Columbia University, in New York City, and of the U.S. State Department Foreign Service Institute's School of Language Study. During more than twenty years on active duty with the U.S. Navy Jampoler commanded a land-based maritime patrol aircraft squadron and a naval air station. Later he was a senior sales and marketing executive in the international aerospace industry.

Jampoler has been writing full time for a dozen years. Most recently, the Naval Institute Press published his "Horrible Shipwreck!," a book about the wreck of His Majesty's Transport Amphitrite, a bark driven aground in a furious storm September 1833 a half mile off Boulogne-sur-mer, France. Amphitrite was transporting female convicts from Woolwich, England to Botany Bay, New South Wales. One hundred eight women, twelve children, and thirteen of the crew--all but three aboard--drowned when her captain refused assistance from shore, fearing the possibility that some of the prisoners would escape and that he would be held responsible. "I never saw so many fine and beautiful bodies," wrote a mournful observer walking the beach the next day, "Some of the women were almost perfectly made." Fifteen years ago the wreck was identified as the subject of English painter J. M. W. Turner's unfinished 1835 masterpiece, "Fire at Sea."

His first book, "Adak: The Rescue of Alfa Foxtrot 586," is the true story of a navy patrol aircraft ditching in the North Pacific Ocean in October 1978. A review in May 2003 in the Wall Street Journal described the book as "an adventure story to rival the best you've ever read." "Adak" later won Jampoler recognition as the Press's "author of the year." The crew's story based on this book has been the subject of television specials in Russia and Japan. The book will be available in audio in April 2013.

His next book, "Sailors in the Holy Land: the 1848 American Expedition to the Dead Sea and the Search for Sodom and Gomorrah," is the story of the U.S. Navy's small boat expedition down the River Jordan and across the Dead Sea in mid-19th century. Nathaniel Philbrick, author of the award-winning "Sea of Glory," described the book in 2005 as telling "the fascinating story of one of the most improbable operations ever mounted by the U.S. Navy... a meticulously researched account."

"The Last Lincoln Conspirator: John Surratt's Flight from the Gallows," his third book, tells the remarkable story of John Harrison Surratt. Finally captured in Egypt eighteen months after his mother's execution on the same charge, Surratt was last person to go on trial for his role in John Wilkes Booth's plot to assassinate President Lincoln, and the only one to escape conviction.

Two new books will come out in 2013. "Congo," the true and tragic story of the United States and the Congo in the late 19th century, as seen through the life of Lieutenant Emory Taunt, US Navy, will be published in June. Taunt was the first resident American diplomat in Equatorial West Africa. He died on the river in disgrace in 1891. Jampoler's research for this book took him 1,400 miles down the Congo River, from Kisangani to Banana Point, in a small boat in 2011. "Black Rock and Blue Water," the story of the wreck of Royal Mail Ship Rhone in the Caribbean in 1867, will be available as an e-book later in the year.

Jampoler also writes for periodicals. An article of his in "Naval History" magazine was recognized by the publisher as its best piece of writing during 2006. Jampoler has given illustrated presentations about the subjects of his books and articles to audiences at the Library of Congress, the National Archives, in museums and embassies, at book stores, and aboard cruise ships.


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The Rescue of Alfa Foxtrot 586 should be made into a movie.
Keith Denigan
I'm not sure you need to have served in the service to enjoy this story.
Lawrence Bolger
I could hardly put the book down, and read it in less than 2 days.
Lynellen Perry

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Henry J Hendrix II on May 28, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is a superb book about the heroism of a Navy patrol plane crew that goes down in the midst of a raging north Pacific storm, and the men who dare the elements to rescue them. A well know story within naval aviation, it is thrilling to read this riveting account, and it is great to know that many others will have the opportunity to learn this tragic yet uplifting tale. I first heard this story from one of the survivors who visited my squadron many years ago, and it dramaticly affected the way I look at my job. I recommend it to everyone.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dirsup on August 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I was stationed on Adak (NSGA) and was sitting on watch the day PD-02 went in the water. I recall the day very well. Later in my career, I flew over 300 missions in EP-3 and modified P-3 aircraft, most under the PARPRO program. Over the years I've wondered many times what happened on PD-02, but I figured I'd never find out. Then I saw that this book had been written. I snapped it up, and I couldn't put it down.

Skipper Jampoler did a simply superb job of describing the plane, the crew, the pre-mission activities, Adak, the North Pacific...you name it. This is an incredibly realistic book. I found myself being reminded of things that I'd long ago forgotten.

Also, weaving the story around the official Findings of Fact was a brilliant idea.

Well done!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 10, 2004
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As the son of a Navy P-3 (and sea plane) pilot and former CO of VP-9, this book hit very close to home for me. The story is well-written and extremely emotional, at least to anyone who has ever had a loved one fly in harm's way. When you're a kid, and your Dad flies Navy planes for a living, you never really consider the risks and dangers. This true story demonstrates what these men faced on a daily basis and shows how their endless training and attention to detail was essential to their survival. You wouldn't expect a Navy flyer turned author to write a tear jerker, but that is certainly what Andy Jampoler has done, at least for me. Thinking back on all those flights, all those deployments, all those "close" calls with engine failure, and realizing that it could have been my family welcoming back a box instead of a father, there simply is no way not to shed a tear of both sorrow and thanks. The men of PD-2 were heroes in the traditional sense; they did their jobs in the face of incredible danger, some losing their lives in the process. But for me, what this book really shows is that tragedy doesn't make heroes. For every Jerry Grigsby, Ed Caylor and John Ball, there were thousands of other Navy officers and men who were just a much heroes. In this time of war, it's important to remember that.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan C. Feller on June 10, 2003
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I read this very exciting account of the rescue of these flyers in two sittings. Capt. Jampoler brings the story to life by presenting, "Finding of Facts," from the official investigation and then tells us the details in a very readable way. Jampoler also brings humor into this heroic story. He explains that the Navy does not train flyers to use survival suits in freezing water because it is akin to "practice bleeding."
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Ball Jr. on June 10, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book amazingly recreates the scene of a horrific chain of events back on a cold day in Oct 1978. As an ex-Navy man, and a son of one of the flight survivors, I appreciate the accuracy and directness of the authors writing. The way the Mr Jampoler articulated the facts and experiences of all those involved is a tribute to those lost that day.
This story provides an emotional referrence to use whenever you think you are having a bad day at the office.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dean B. Sinerius on January 4, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I was a mechanic with VP-9 when PD-02 went down off of the coast of Russia and went on to become a flight engineer with the Golden Eagles and had the opportunity to fly with Ed Caylor on a number of occasions. I knew most of the crew members personally and most all of the other people mentioned in the book. I was very young when we lost 5 of our crew members in the Pacific and the event had a huge impact on me. The book is very accurate and well written. It's great reading for aviation buff's and a must read for anyone that was part of VP-9.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jason on February 21, 2006
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A great read for all. Even better for us P-3 guys, gives great insight on many of the "why's" from emergency procedures. If you're not convinced E-handling a pitchlocked prop is a bad idea, you need to read this book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "stebo222" on January 19, 2004
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Having flown in P-3s in the early 70's and knowing all too well the rigors that these crews faced, I found this book to be a very well written and accurate account of what can happen when things go terribly wrong. The details might get a bit daunting for persons without technical knowledge of this aircraft. For us "ex" P-3 types it is an interesting book and I read it in two sittings. It gives a great view into the world of P-3 aircrews and the proceedures that SAR crews use.
A must read for old seadogs like me!
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