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"Final Flight" Lecture & Book Signing with Peter Stekel

Mt Mendel and the Mendel Glacier near the crash site

Time: Saturday, January 26, 2013 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Event Type: Public Program

Location: William M. Allen Theater

In October 2005, two mountaineers climbing above Mendel Glacier in the High Sierra found the mummified remains of a man in a WW II uniform, entombed in the ice. The "Frozen Airman" discovery created a media storm and a mystery that drew author Peter Stekel to investigate. What did happen to the four-man crew who perished on a routine navigation training flight in 1942, 150 miles off-course from its reported destination?

Stekel found bad weather, bad luck, bad timing, empty graves, botched records, and misguided recovery efforts. Then, in 2007, the unimaginable happened again. Stekel himself discovered a second body in the glacier. Another young man would finally be coming home.

Through meticulous research, interviews, and mountaineering trips to the site, Stekel uncovered the story of these four young men. Final Flight explores their ill-fated trip and the misinformation surrounding it for more than 60 years.

The book is a gripping account that's part mystery, part history, and part personal journey to uncover the truth of what happened on November 18, 1942. In the process Stekel narrates the young aviators' last days and takes us on their final flight.

Author Peter Stekel will tell the story and be available to sign books.

Program is Free with Museum Admission or Membership