Wanted to let everyone know that Peter Stekel's new book "Beneath Haunted Waters: The Tragic Tale of Two B-24s Lost in the Sierra Nevada Mountains During World War II" is now available.
Many of you will be familiar with Stekel's "Final Flight" about the C-45 and its crew found high in the Sierras.
More information is at: http://beneathhauntedwaters.com
That website sends readers to Amazon.com for book ordering.
The following synopsis of the book is from the Beneath Haunted Waters website:
In the early morning hours of December 6, 1943 a B-24 Liberator bomber #41-28463 and its crew of six disappeared between Tucson, Arizona and its base at Hammer Field in Fresno, California.
Of a squadron of ten B-24s sent to find 463, a second aircraft, named Exterminator,crash-landed and sank into the reservoir at Huntington Lake. Only the copilot and radio operator survived when they managed to bail out at the last moment. Not until 1955, when the reservoir was drained so repairs could be done was Exterminator found.
In 1960 two US Geological Survey researchers and a National Park Service ranger discovered the wreckage of 463 in a lake at 12,255 feet in the High Sierra of Kings Canyon National Park. The copilot's father had spent the previous 15 years looking for his son, only to die of heart failure in 1959. The lake is named for the father and the son he never found: Hester Lake.
Beneath Haunted Waters is the story of the two airplanes, the crews, and generations of people who would not let this story be forgotten.
Highly recommended and with the holidays coming, this book makes a great gift.
Congratulations, Peter, on a job well done.