Lost in Shangri-la: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff“A lost world, man-eating tribesmen, lush andimpenetrable jungles, stranded American fliers (one of them a dame withgreat gams, for heavens sake), a startling rescue mission. . . . This is atrue story made in heaven for a writer as talented as Mitchell Zuckoff. Whew—what an utterly compelling and deeplysatisfying read! —Simon Winchester, author of Atlantic
Award-winning former Boston Globe reporter Mitchell Zuckoffunleashes the exhilarating, untold story of an extraordinary World War IIrescue mission, where a plane crash in the South Pacific plunged a trio of U.S.military personnel into a land that time forgot. Fans of Hampton Sides’ Ghost Soldiers, Marcus Luttrell’s Lone Survivor, and David Grann’s The Lost Cityof Z will be captivated by Zuckoff’s masterfullyrecounted, all-true story of danger, daring, determination, and discovery injungle-clad New Guinea during the final days of WWII.
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By Susannah Cahalan. If she was to make it out of the jungle alive, crying was a luxury. Of the 24 passengers, only Hastings and two other men would survive long enough to withstand gangrenous burn wounds, harsh jungle terrain and hunger. They would also be the only three to meet the natives, a tribe that dined on human flesh. Margaret Hastings grew up in upstate Oswego, the daughter of a widower who worked at a factory that made combat boots for the Army. While her girlfriends were getting married and pregnant, Hastings enlisted in the military just shy of her 30th birthday. Her hopes to travel were quickly realized.
The recovery of the three survivors from an isolated valley surrounded by mountains, enemy troops, and native inhabitants made worldwide news at the time and is the subject of the book Lost in Shangri-La by author Mitchell Zuckoff. The Gremlin Special flew into the side of a mountain on May 13, Five passengers survived the initial wreck with two, Sergeant Laura Besley and Private Eleanor Hanna, succumbing to injuries the next day. Although the press believed the survivors of the Gremlin Special crash to be the first outsiders to encounter the Dani people who inhabited the area, Archbold had sent two exploration teams into the valley in Search aircraft were dispatched when the Gremlin Special did not return. Three survivors were spotted on the ground during an air search on May
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Known as the "Queen of Shangri-La" when the plane she was sight-seeing in while flying over Dutch New Guinea on May 13, , crashed, leaving her and two other flight mates stranded for several weeks before being rescued by a daring glider plane plan. After leaving the U. Army, she attended Syracuse University for two years then married Robert Atkinson with whom she had a son and a daughter. After their divorce, she raised her children in Rome, New York, and worked at the Griffiss Air Force Base in an administrative position. Cause of death: uterine cancer. Find a hotel nearby. Thank you for fulfilling this photo request.
In the spring of , Earl Walter, an officer in the Reconnaissance Battalion, led one of the most interesting parachute jumps and glider rescues of the war. The was a unique unit consisting primarily of Filipino-American volunteers that were designated for covert operations. The operated in enemy-occupied areas such as Palawan, Mindanao and Leyte in the Philippines. Earl's interview covers a forgotten rescue mission to save a downed C crew trapped in an uncharted valley in New Guinea dubbed Shangri-La. We were put aside for special missions.