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Fatal Dive: Solving the World War II Mystery of the USS by Peter F. Stevens

By Peter F. Stevens

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On July 31, 1942, the Naval submarine USS Grunion, with her seventy-man workforce, vanished with no hint within the icy waters off Kiska within the Aleutian Islands. for many years, the U.S. military used to be not able to bare additional information regarding the sub’s fate—it had easily vanished. yet Commander Jim Abele’s kinfolk by no means gave up their quest to find the reality. They time and again utilized to the army, corresponded with the households of staff participants, consulted with eastern assets, and eventually undertook the quixotic job of finding the Grunion herself. greater than six many years after the submarine’s loss, Jim Abele’s 3 sons astonished the specialists through finding the misplaced submarine 3,000 toes lower than the outside of 1 of the world’s most deadly our bodies of water.

But the query remained: What sank the Grunion?

In this explosive new account of the hunt for the Grunion, writer Peter F. Stevens attracts at the stories and the exhaustive examine of Bruce, Brad, John, and Susan Abele and Mary and Richard Bentz to supply a cliffhanging account of the submarine’s loss, of its inconceivable discovery greater than part a century later, and finally of the Abeles’ ultimate quest—to identify how the Grunion was once misplaced. utilizing vague executive files and eyewitness debts from jap naval officials who have been the final to determine the Grunion, Stevens lays out the compelling case that the real cause of sinking could were too embarrassing for the military to reveal.

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I have been so busy I have hardly had any chance to think about it. I can remember how worried we used to be when Stanley was at sea and there wasn’t even a war on. I did not get a paper today as it was full of stories about the Germans so I just had a look at Emily’s when I went to lunch at hers. She roasted a chicken. WEDNESDAY 25th I’ve written to Stanley to tell him I will be coming next Monday assuming I can get a train. I will go and see Cissie when I’m there as well. I called in to see George about Saturday and to tell him that Mavis and Jack will be going.

Wentworth leaned politically to the left – much to the displeasure of her family. Betty frequently helped Mrs. Wentworth and was well accepted as a close family friend and most trusted confidante of both the Wentworths. Jimmy West A friend of Betty who lived in a village some miles away. He was from a poor family, and a most thoughtful and selfless individual. Blank page PAR T E N O ‘We are warriors all’ September 3rd 1939 – Christmas 1940 26 B E T T Y ’ S W A R T I M E D I A RY 1 9 3 9 - 1 9 4 5 • P A R T O N E September 1939 SUNDAY 3rd We are now at war with Germany.

SUNDAY 4th I had a busy day clearing up and packing. I expect we will be leaving either tomorrow or the day after. Having an early night. My goodness it is cold tonight. I have had two hot water bottles and a fair old nip of the hard stuff to drive out the damp. W E A R E WA R R I O R S A L L • S E P T E M B E R 1 9 3 9 – C H R I S T M A S 1 9 4 0 35 Back in Norfolk THURSDAY 9th The news today is not good. It looks as if the Germans will be in Holland very soon. If they are then Belgium could fall soon after.

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