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For those hunting aircraft wrecks or old air bases in the deserts east of Los Angeles, you will be interested in Art Wilson's book "Runways in the Sand: The History of Blythe Army Air Base in World War II." I just bought a copy last weekend and have been enjoying reading it.
There's lots of great then-and-now photos of the base, plus a chapter on "Mishaps." Author Wilson reports that there were some 90 incidents involving Blythe-based aircraft ranging from A-20s and B-24s to B-17s and an Army CG-4A glider. There are some original crash diagrams from the reports as well. Tables in the back of the book list building and structures, assigned units, base commanders, plus an honor roll of those lost during training accidents. The book is fully footnoted and showcases the depth of research by the author. Checking the notes for the Mishaps chapters shows that Wilson pulled the crash reports from the Air Force Historical Research Agency at Maxwell AFB, Ala. The book is available on-line through the Palm Springs Air Museum Gift Shop ($21.95, new), or on Amazon.com ($98 used). If you're interested in the wrecks of the area or the air base, this is a good $21.95 investment. – 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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