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No Way Out: The Untold Story of the B-24 \”Lady Be Good\” and Her Crew

Steven R. Whitby

Available October 2020

$34.99

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It was the first and only combat mission for the B-24 Liberator “Lady Be Good.” On April 4, 1943, she left her base on the North African coast of Libya to bomb the port city of Naples, Italy. She never returned to base. It was not until the spring of 1959 that “Lady Be Good” was discovered by a BP oil exploration team almost 500 miles deep in the Libyan Desert, virtually intact, with no trace of the crew. What happened to the “Lady Be Good” is explored in this book. This includes the search for the crew and the subsequent mission to find the two US Army personnel lost during the initial search. The author interviewed personnel who took part in the recovery effort, and has included many unpublished photos taken at the crash site during the first USAF visit in 1959.

Size: 7″ x 10″ x 1 1/16″ | 280 color and b/w images | 256 pp
ISBN13: 9780764360374 | Binding: hard cover

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Steven Whitby grew up in the South Bay area of Los Angeles, as well as Hemet, California, where he graduated from high school in 1967. After two years at a community college getting an associate degree in general education he started a career with a water municipality, eventually running the AutoCAD engineering dept. and retiring after almost forty years. Since 1993, because of his keen interest in aviation and photography, he did part time work for the US Forest Service as a photographer shooting stills and video out of their air attack aircraft over wildland fires until 1997, when he took the full training to get his red card as a certified USFS firefighter in order to shoot photographs on the ground during fires. Currently he’s a photographer for the Phos-Chek Corporation, a manufacturer of the retardant dropped on wild fires by firefighting aircraft. He has also written articles for aviation magazines concerning World War II aviation, as well as firefighting aircraft dating back to the 1960s.