The Mysterious Plane Crash That Killed Hollywood Icon Carole Lombard And 21 Others
Description: Set for publication on January 16th 2014, Robert Matzen’s sixth book Fireball: Carole Lombard & the Mystery of Flight 3, published by Good-Knight Books will be released on the 72nd Anniversary of the mysterious plane crash that killed Carole and 21 others. Five weeks after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hollywood comedy actress Carole Lombard, wife of the world’s most popular movie star, Clark Gable, journeyed by train from southern California to sell war bonds and stamps in her native state, Indiana. After selling $2M in bonds in a single day, Lombard defied U.S. government orders to stay off planes and attempted to fly back to Hollywood aboard a commercial DC-3 that crashed 30 miles southwest of Las Vegas, Nevada on the evening of January 16, 1942. Also killed were three flight crew members, fifteen U.S. Army Air Corps personnel, and three other civilians, including Carole Lombard’s mother and Clark Gable’s publicist at MGM. Based on 2,000 pages of government and TWA records, and new, never before seen interviews and research, this gripping page-turner recounts the story of the people on the plane, those left behind and the first responders who struggled up a mountain hoping to perform a miracle rescue.