Lost Finale Tonight, Lost Eagles Tomorrow: A True Story of History, Plane Crashes, and a Project That Began in Ann Arbor

by kris bishop on May 23, 2010

0472117521 Worried about what you’ll do when there’s no more Lost to watch after tonight’s finale? Order now to check out Lost Eagles, an upcoming new release from the University of Michigan Press. Few people have ever heard of Frederick Zinn, yet even today airmen’s families are touched by this man and the work he performed in both world wars. Zinn created the techniques still in use to determine the final fate of airmen missing in action. The last line of the Air Force Creed reads, “We will leave no airman behind.” Zinn made that promise possible.

Blaine Pardoe weaves together the complex story of a man who brought peace and closure to countless families who lost airmen during both world wars. His lasting contribution to warfare was a
combination of his methodology for locating the remains of missing pilots (known as the Zinn system) and his innovation of imprinting all aircraft parts with the same serial number so that if a wreck was located, the crewman could be identified. The tradition he established for seeking and recovering airmen is carried on to this day.

Blaine Pardoe is an accomplished author who has published dozens of military fiction novels and other books, including the widely acclaimed Cubicle Warfare: Self-Defense Tactics for Today’s Hypercompetitive Workplace; Terror of the Autumn Skies: The True Story of Frank Luke, America’s Rogue Ace of World War I; and The Cruise of the Sea Eagle: The Amazing True Story of Imperial Germany’s Gentleman Pirate.

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