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Congratulations to Pat Macha!
James W. Ure's new book "Seized by the Sun: The Life and Disappearance of World War II Pilot Gertrude Tompkins" was published this summer. I have not read the book, but skimmed the Amazon preview and was very happy to see that Macha's (and his team's) work over the years to find Gertrude Tompkins has been recognized in print. Macha believes Tompkins took of from Mines Field and ended up in the Santa Monica Bay -- the proverbial needle in a haystack. Link to the book here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1613735871/ref=rdr_ext_tmb#reader_1613735871 If you've read the book, please post your reviews here and on Amazon. Keep an eye on Pat's website for updates as well. Again, congratulations. Nick __________________ Nicholas A. Veronico http://www.Wreckchasing.com Support this website by purchasing copies of Wreckchasing 101 for yourself or a friend at: http://www.amazon.com Check out my other books at: http://www.amazon.com/author/nicholasveronico
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Though I feel it was prudent to conduct a search of Santa Monica Bay, I firmly believe she went down somewhere in the rugged terrain enroute to Palm Springs. In 1944, there was no formal air rescue capability within the US. Air units were responsible to conduct searches for their own missing aircraft with support from the local authorities and maybe the Civil Air Patrol. One has to question the thoroughness of the search.
I believe it was reported that possible wreckage was spotted in the San Jacinto Mountains just SW of Palm Springs. A ground team composed of members of the ferry unit supposedly investigated and reported it was just a collection of rocks and boulders. Did they go to the right location and conduct a thorough search? The search was suspended the following day. If searching for this aircraft in Santa Monica Bay is like "finding a needle in a haystack", searching for Tompkins in the Banning Pass, San Bernardino or San Jacinto Mountains would be like searching for a needle in several haystacks. I have participated in searches in that terrain both on the ground and in the air and know first hand how difficult it would be to find her there. However, I do not believe we should discount the possibility she is there, somewhere.