Hidden Warbirds: The Epic Stories of Finding, Recovering, and Rebuilding WWII's Lost Aircraft

Author(s): Nicholas A. Veronico


Aviation historian Nick Veronico has been investigating and writing about aircraft wrecks for many years. His website, www.wreckchasers.com, is the go-to source for enthusiasts who want to know more about how to locate vintage airplane wrecks and then tell their stories. In this engaging new book, Veronico explores the romantic era of World War II Warbirds and the stories of some of its most famous wrecks, including the Dotty Mae (a P-47 submerged for over 60 years in the Traunsee in Austria and excavated and recovered with great care), the Swamp Ghost (a B-17e which crashed in New Guinea in the latter days of World War II and which was only recently discovered), and Glacier Girl (a P-38, part of "The Lost Squadron," which crashed in a large ice sheet in Greenland in 1942). Throughout, Veronico provides a history of the aircraft, as well as the unique story behind each discovery and recovery with ample illustrations. Hidden Warbirds is aviation history at its best.


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"Read this book if you are interested in learning about the culture of people and organizations which search and find historic aircraft wrecks of the Second World War. Better, read this book if you want to learn the back stories of the recovery of many of these warbird wrecks from WW II to flying status as well as becoming exhibits in museums. Best, read this book for the stories of the service personnel who died within or survived the crashes that wrecked these aircraft -- often, incredible stories of survival after becoming stranded in the remotest of territories are part of each war wreck's tale. Veronico also does what the best non-fiction authors do -- he provides context as well as perspective. He tells us how warbird restoration began and evolved with the times including the influence of internet resources. He also describes how restoration, at first basic, became a craft of the highest order with incredible attention to detail and authenticity. This story is told by a person who has been there and can relate his knowledge in a gifted way. Nicholas Veronico finishes with an epilogue that will make most of this book's readers jump up and look for the many more remaining "Hidden Warbirds"." - Travel for Aircraft Blog, "Seattle Post-Intelligencer"

Author Nicholas A. Veronico (San Carlos, CA) comes from a family of pilots-both his mother and father held private tickets, and his brother is a commercial pilot who flies for a major airline. Veronico got his start in aviation journalism in 1984. He has written more than 25 books on aviation, military, and local history subjects, and was the lead author of Wreckchasing 101: A Guide to Finding Aircraft Crashes and Crashes Sites. In 1995, he started the website Wreckchasing.com, which has become the central meeting place for the wreckchasing community. Veronico has explored more than 100 aircraft crash sites throughout the United States. This is his ninth book for Zenith Press.

General Fields

  • : 9780760344095
  • : Motorbooks International
  • : Zenith Press
  • : May 2013
  • : 238mm X 197mm X 23mm
  • : United States
  • : September 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 623.74609044
  • : 256
  • : 132 color & 47 b/w photos
  • : Nicholas A. Veronico
  • : Hardback