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Fireball : Carole Lombard and the Mystery of Flight 3.

Author: Robert Matzen
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Paladin Communications, 2013.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This fresh look at Hollywood's Queen of Screwball, Carole Lombard, presents a first-ever examination of the events that led to the shocking flight mishap that took her life on the side of a Nevada mountain in 1942. It also provides a day-by-day account of the struggles of Lombard's husband, Clark Gable, and other family, friends, and fans to cope with the tragedy. In effect, having just completed the first sale of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
Named Person: Carole Lombard; Carole Lombard
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Matzen
ISBN: 9780988502550 0988502550 9780988502543 0988502542
OCLC Number: 867769155
Description: 1 online resource (400 pages)
Contents: Cover; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Acknowledgments; Prologue: All Uphill; 1. A Perfectly Routine Friday Night; 2. Perpetual Motion Machine; 3. The Radiating Halo; 4. The Long Road; 5. A Long and Grim Weekend; 6. Merely Physical; 7. A Perfect Flying Experience; 8. Inflexible Fate; 9. Jimmy Donnally Lands His Plane; 10. Calculated Mayhem; 11. Flight 3 Is Down; 12. A Man in a Man's Body; 13. The Plane That Fell; 14. Somber Hymns and Cold Marble; 15. Hoping Against Hope; 16. Certified Bombs; 17. The Plain, Black Night; 18. Malaise; 19. Road King; 20. A Flame to Many Moths; 21. Fool's Errand. 22. The VIPs23. Gleaming Silver; 24. The Coin Flip; 25. The Computer; 26. Stranded; 27. The Glamorous Life; 28. I Won't Be Coming Home; 29. There's No Rush; 30. Caring Enough to Climb a Mountain; 31. The Entire Gang Showed Up; 32. Groaning Pines; 33. Unfixable; 34. I Still See It in My Dreams; 35. The Fatal Flaw; 36. The Complication; 37. Just a Few Yards Apart; 38. All in a Day's Work; 39. The Little Boy Was Gone; 40. Flying with Full Acceptance; 41. The Under Side; 42. Even the Unfortunates; 43. The Cream of the Crop; 44. Skyrocketing; 45. Mangled; 46. If I Can Do It, So Can You. Epilogue: High-Energy ImpactFireball: The Story in Pictures; Chapter Notes; Selected Bibliography; Index; About Robert Matzen; Also Available from GoodKnight Books.

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This fresh look at Hollywood's Queen of Screwball, Carole Lombard, presents a first-ever examination of the events that led to the shocking flight mishap that took her life on the side of a Nevada mountain in 1942. It also provides a day-by-day account of the struggles of Lombard's husband, Clark Gable, and other family, friends, and fans to cope with the tragedy. In effect, having just completed the first sale of war bonds and stamps in the nation following its entry into World War II, Lombard became the first Hollywood start to sacrifice her life in the War. The War Department offered Gable a funeral service with full military honors, but he refused it, knowing that his wife would not approve of such spectacle. Based on extensive research rather than gossip, this investigation further explores the lives of the 21 others on the plane, including 15 members of the U.S. Army Air Corps, and addresses one of the most enduring mysteries of World War II. On a clear night full of stars, with TWA's most experienced pilot at the controls of a 10-month-old aircraft under the power of two fully functioning engines, why did the flight crash into that Nevada mountainside? This gripping page-turner presents the story of the people on the plane, the friends and families left behind, and the heroic first responders who struggled up a mountain hoping to perform a miracle rescue. It is a story of accomplishment, bravery, sacrifice, and loss.

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