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 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!

  • 5
    Incredible Read

    Posted by Erin on Feb 10th 2020

    Very well written! Couldn't put it down. It was nice to "hear" more of the back story to a place that we truly treasure.

  • 5
    Final Mission, The North Woods

    Posted by Gary Brown on Feb 10th 2020

    If you have the slightest bit of interest in the plane crash on Elephant Mountain, you need this book! Very informative!

  • 5
    Final Mission - Great Read!

    Posted by Anne O'Connor on Feb 5th 2020

    I couldn't put this book down! If you have ever been to the crash site, or plan to go, it is a must read. Nice job for telling the story and giving the rest of us a glimpse into the details. I live near Westover so I was immediately intrigued by the story.

  • 5

    Posted by Lori Muscarella on Feb 4th 2020

    Well, I cannot review this book, as my father found out I purchased it AND HE STOLE IT!!! He wanted to read it first!!!! HOW RUDE!!!!

  • 5
    Book came complete with great photos!

    Posted by Barbara Kinney on Feb 3rd 2020

    Haven't started it yet; looking forward!