Wings of Mystery
by Dale M. Titler
Tower Books, N.Y., 1972, 222 pages
the paperback Wings of Mystery in a used bookstore in Columbus, Ohio.
Years ago I had read another book by Dale Titler The Day the Red Baron
Died so I knew the author had a reputation as an aviation historian
interested in unsolved mysteries. Wings of Mystery is about several
different mysteries of aviation. An early chapter is on famous World War
I aces and how they finally died. Mechanical problems, ground fire or
shot down by another plane? There is still controversy over how several
of the aces died. Another chapter is on various air races that were
popular in the 1920's of which Charles Lindbergh was the most famous
victor. But did you know many of Lindbergh's predecessors in the
Atlantic crossing flight disappeared? Some of them were already famous
aviators such as Charles Nungesser, a leading French World War I ace.
The book has chapters on Amellia Earhart's disappearance and the tragic
ending of the German Zeppelin, the "Hindenburg." It's interesting to
note, even though the book is three decades of people are still trying
to solve some of these mysteries, most notably recent expeditions to try
to find Earhart's remains.