FINAL MISSION, The North Woods

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About the book

On a frigid winter afternoon at the height of the Cold War, a Strategic Air Command B-52 Stratofortress departed Westover Air Force Base in Chicopee, Massachusetts for a routine training mission. Hours later, the aircraft’s smoking wreckage lay scattered across a snow-encased mountainside in Maine’s desolate North Woods. This gripping account chronicles the events and aftermath of that fateful day as revealed by the men who miraculously survived and the families of those who perished.

From a local: "I have read this book and can assure you it covers every detail on this most significant Greenville and national event. If you are an aviation buff, history buff or wonder about the Greenville B-52 crash site sacred ground you will want this book on your shelf. If you are an old timer in the area you will recognize many of the names involved in the rescue."

About the author

Joseph R. Wax served eleven years as a physician in the United States Navy Medical Corps. FINAL MISSION The North Woods represents the first book by this award-winning medical researcher, educator, and author. He resides in Maine where he cares for women with complicated pregnancies. 

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  • 5
    Final Mission

    Posted by Roger St Pierre on May 10th 2020

    Good read about facts. Been to the site and enjoyed the story.

  • 5
    Final Mission The North Woods

    Posted by Robin Porcella on Apr 27th 2020

    Wow, an incredible read!!! Got it in the mail on Saturday afternoon and had it read by Sunday morning. If you have been to the site or are planning on going, you need to read this book.

  • 5

    Posted by malcolm (mack) leo on Apr 24th 2020

    received very quick and in perfect condition.

  • 3
    I have not yet recieved the book

    Posted by Karen Burns on Apr 24th 2020

    I hope it comes today! Birthday present

    **note from MM** it was ordered on Saturday, shipped on Monday, but because of covid 19, shipping has slowed, since the postal system is flying less cargo and moving by trucks. Sorry for the delay, I did look it up and says delivered today (4 days after shipping).

  • 5
    Final Mission

    Posted by Debi Emmons on Apr 22nd 2020

    This is great! He goes into history of the B-52 bomber as well as what they were doing. It's an interesting read!

  • 5
    Final Mission book

    Posted by Mooseheadkayaker on Apr 5th 2020

    It’s written very well and interested my husband from the start. Can’t wait for him to finish it so I can read it. Yes we would recommend this book.

  • 4
    Final Mission

    Posted by Rob West on Mar 24th 2020

    What an interesting read. Been to the site many times and this book fills in many aspects I’ve never heard of.

  • 4
    Final Mission the North Woods

    Posted by Unknown on Mar 17th 2020

    i bought this book for my husband. He really enjoyed reading it.

  • 5
    Book gift

    Posted by Kathy Scribner-Levasseur on Feb 15th 2020

    I bought this book for Bob Giroux, who was born & raised in Greenville, for Valentine’s Day. He is enjoying the book & as soon as he is done reading it, I will!