This revised and expanded second edition covers USN and USMC squadrons that operated the Consolidated B-24 Liberator heavy bomber as the PB4Y-1 in the Pacific from early 1943 through September 1944 in the Central Pacific. Combat air crews consisted of eleven young men typically ages 18 to 26 led by a patrol plane commander in his early to mid-twenties. They flew alone on single-plane patrols often lasting ten or more hours. Alone on patrol there were no witnesses when an aircraft failed to return to base; they simply vanished, leaving little if any clues about their fate. Other aircrews sent to look for the missing would occasionally spot a deflated life raft floating or dye marker spreading across the water?vidence marking where a four-engine bomber and its crew had gone down.
Alan C. Carey is the author of nearly two dozen books and magazine articles on military history, with his first published in 1999. His writing career began after seeking military decorations for his father and two surviving members of his World War II bomber crew. His research resulted in the United State Navy awarding the three men two Distinguished Flying Crosses and several Air Medals for their service. He began writing his first book,?The Reluctant Raiders, after conducting research regarding his father? military service. He is also noted for aiding veterans and families in a variety of issues related to military service, including providing information on servicemen listed as killed or missing in action during the Second World War.

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