Fireball

Fireball

Carole Lombard and the Mystery of Flight 3

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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. 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?
Publisher: Pittsburgh, Pa : GoodKnight Books
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780988502550
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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RLSewall
Jan 16, 2019

Fireball is the engrossing dual tale of Carole Lombard's Hollywood career, marriage to Clark Gable and the loss of TWA flight 3 which led to her death in 1942. Part biography, part historical mystery (or inquiry), the book's chapters alternate between the these two threads until they merge as one story as Carole and her entourage travel to the Midwest on a bond raising tour and return on the ill-fated flight.
The author, Robert Matzen does a nice job fleshing out the characters in the book, the period background and the details and cause of the air crash as it unfolds. So too in his inquiry, is the randomness of the crash, how if one aspect of the flight had altered the safe land in Burbank would have occurred, how personal will and again randomness determined who was allowed to board the plane.
Finally, there are the survivors; parents, husbands, wives, widow Clark Gable, all attempting to deal with the finality of loss. Most did not deal with this loss well-Gable is the most notable. This is a grim book with no happy ending, yet it is still a highly engaging and touching read on the subject of loss. Highly recommended.

who was flying this plane? the pilot's body was found close by the body of ms. Lombard. his reputation was pristine. the copilot's not much less. clark's grief is nearly palpable. she looks like greta garbo, the cover picture. go see my man godfrey, in her honor.

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jannomom
Jun 18, 2014

Fantastic, mesmerizing book

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