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Michael Darter barely knew his older brother Eugene, being an infant when his brother went off to war. Sadly, his brother was lost on the very first B-17 mission he flew with the 8th Air Force in World War II. For decades, Darter – and his family – struggled with the MIA loss until one day in 2000, Darter did a search on the Internet for the B-17 and, unknowingly, took the first step in an amazing journey that would bring closure after 60 years. Gone with the Wind, He Said: The Cold Case Search for My MIA Brother is Darter’s masterful account of the quest for answers and a beloved brother.
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WWII Unknown Buried at Arlington National Cemetery?

In 1969, I traveled to Washington DC for the first time and visited the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery. As I watched the Changing the Guard ceremony, I was so moved that chills went through my entire body, tears went down my face, and I began wondering if the World War II unknown could be my brother. I learned that the Tomb of the Unknowns was first created when the World War I Unknown chosen from four identical caskets in France was interred in 1921. The selection and…

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Posted on July 1, 2015 at 2:13am

Searching for Eugene in the Wadden Sea

On a windy and foggy winter’s day, 17-year-old Dutchman Cornelius Ellen was standing on the Texel dike when the wind blew Eugene’s parachute over the Texel Island shore. When my brother splashed down, Cor reported that he was pulled further and further out into the Wadden Sea by a fierce wind that lifted his still connected parachute up like a half-moon out into the sea until he was “Gone With the Wind.”  What happened after that is still a big mystery.  There are several possibilities. -…

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Posted on June 15, 2015 at 2:57am

Survival, If Only Any One of the Five Events Was Different!

The situation was desperate onboard the severely damaged and badly smoking B17F Lonesome Polecat II as it headed out over the Wadden Sea towards England – losing altitude fast. The Polecat had fought a fierce aerial combat battle over Germany and was saved at the last moment when the American P51 escorts found them and drove off the enemy aircraft. Pilot Fred Delbern had ordered a bailout but only the three upfront crewmen had bailed out over Germany; the five crewmen in the rear of the…

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Posted on June 3, 2015 at 1:36am

After 66 Years, MIA Pilot’s Wife Discovers What Happened to Her Husband!

We never found her although we’ve searched. She found us instead. Beyond all belief, the former wife of Lt. Fred Delbern, pilot of the Lonesome Polecat II found us in March 2009, 68 years after he vanished during the mission to Bremen, Germany. We received a call from Dane Hanson, her nephew, informing us that she was indeed alive, and she wanted to talk to us. I called her immediately and found out that the former Mrs. Delbern had remarried and was now Geraldine Marshall. She had a good,…

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Posted on May 25, 2015 at 2:26am

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