Good old Amazon. I ordered Fireball: Carole Lombard and the Mystery of Flight 3 the other day and it arrived today. It is about the January 16, 1942 crash of TWA Flight 3 that took the life of Mrs. Clark Gable, Carole Lombard and 21 other passengers.
The story about the crash on Mount Petosi (outside of Las Vegas, Nevada) has fascinated me ever since I read the book, Gable and Lombard back in the mid-1970s. Debris from the crash still sits on the side of Mount Petosi today and, presumably, some human remains.
I happened to be looking at YouTube videos about the crash a few nights ago and discovered that a book on the crash was published two years ago. So I ordered it.
Thumbing though it, I found the above photo of Eddie Mannix with Clark Gable and Al Menasco leaving the El Rancho Hotel in Las Vegas on Jan. 20, 1942. Eddie Mannix, Vice President of MGM, was later involved in the controversy involving his wife Toni and the death of Adventures of Superman star George Reeves.
Much has been written about Eddie Mannix and his health problems in the 1950s and 1960s. He apparently was in good enough health to make the rough trek up Mount Petosi to identify the remains of Carole Lombard. Gable was MGM's biggest contract star.
I got me some reading to do tonight.