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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (October 12, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595666515
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595666515
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,307,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Darter is an Emeritus Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois and a Principal Engineer at ARA, Inc. He received his PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and went on to become an international authority in transportation infrastructure engineering. Darter believes that nothing he has achieved in engineering surpasses the joy and satisfaction of discovering what happened to his older brother. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Morris on January 14, 2007
Format: Paperback
Mike Darter met his brother Eugene once, when Eugene was on leave from the Army Air Corps. At the time, Mike was a baby, and he would never see his big brother again. Eugene Darter, flying on a B-17 Flying Fortress on his first mission, went down off Texel Island and was never seen again. Many years later, Mike began to search for the fate of the Lonesome Polecat II and its crew. He found that some of the men had, indeed, survived, after parachuting out slightly sooner and landing on Texel Island. Eugene, badly injured, had parachuted safely, but landed in the frigid waters and was unable to get to shore.

This book reads like a detective story, as Darter begins to make the connections needed to find out about his brother. He searches MACRs, interview survivors, researches the air battle after which the Polecat went down, and even travels to Texel Island to meet with the last man to see the plane and, possibly, his brother.

This is a fascinating book, full of maps and diagrams charting the data that Darter has meticulously collected. It is a fine tribute to the men of the Lonesome Polecat II.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mmck1985 on March 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book tells the story of unbelievable Times. After being shot down these soldiers were held captive in stalag 17 POW camp for 3 years. They were left to eat grass and survive conditions that were Inhumane. the times these men went through were those left without words. The tailgunner Bpb McKeegan is my grandfather and the things that were experience were not spoken of again. the book would tell you why, it's truly heroic.
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