Riveting Documentary of a Missing American Airman in Nazi Germany
Michael Darter shares a story of his search for a brother he barely knew.
“This book will hold a place in the hearts especially of the 83,000 families whose loved ones also vanished during American wars. It is a detailed compilation of online data, publications, National Archives, X-files, and my compelling journey of discovering these fantastic true accounts,”
How can one forget a missing family member? In Michael Darter’s new book, Gone with the Wind, He Said, readers will get to relive one man’s search and discovery of a mysterious yet heroic true story of the author’s brave American airman big brother during World War II.
Michael Darter’s brother, Eugene, joined the US Army Air Corps at age of 29 after the attack on Pearl Harbor. After considerable training, he was assigned to the 95th Bomb Group on a Flying Fortress B-17 crew. The B-17 crew was set off to England which targeted Nazi submarine facilities at Bremen on December 16, 1943. Eugene and the rest of the crew vanished when their aircraft was hit many times over the target. The government could only say he became missing-in-action and left no closure to the Darter family.
Beginning with one simple and curious Internet search on his big brother’s 57th birthday, an amazing discovery of a surviving crewmate occurred that blew open the door to the family. Several years of intensive investigation and some truly amazing discoveries later, Michael Darter and his family finally found closure.
The author uncovered intriguing mysteries and his brother’s heroic efforts, including how he fought and unfortunately lost a one-on-one battle with an attacking Nazi fighter, how he was discovered lying in a pool of blood, and how he splashed down just offshore in the sea screaming for help, according a witness’s claim. His research also led him to knowing a few newfound facts, such as the bailout of crew members over the North Sea and miraculously landing on a small island, thereby saving their lives. Also, the discovery of the command pilot’s wife Geri who, like Darter, never knew what happened to her husband, but at 97 years young still loves her man. Knowing his brother’s unbelievable final moments and the sacrifices of all the crew led Darter into writing this book.
“This book will hold a place in the hearts especially of the 83,000 families whose loved ones also vanished during American wars. It is a detailed compilation of online data, publications, National Archives, X-files, and my compelling journey of discovering these fantastic true accounts,” states the author.
The book is thoroughly researched, well-illustrated, and informative. It is a heartwarming story about losing a loved one and rediscovering them through eyewitnesses and documents from the past.
Know more about the author and his exciting works by visiting his website at www.gonewiththewindhesaid.com.
“Gone with the Wind” He Said: The Cold Case Search for My MIA Brother
Written by Michael I. Darter
Kindle | $ 5.99
Paperback | $ 19.99
Hardcover | $ 28.09
Book copies are available at www.amazon.com, www.barnesandnoble.com, and all other online book retailers.
About the Author
Michael I. Darter is an emeritus professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also an international expert in transportation infrastructure. Uncovering his brother’s story, he considers, is one of the greatest and proudest joys of his life.
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