Clark Gable at the funeral and the Headlines after the crash 

On January 16, 1942, TWA Flight 3 struck Nevada's Mount Potosi at 200 miles an hour, killing Hollywood's brightest starlet, highest paid actress, and wife of 'King of Hollywood' Clark Gable -- Carole Lombard -- and 21 others, in a fireball seen in the moonless sky for fifty miles.

Three investigations by the Civil Aeronautics Board, U.S. Congress and FBI failed to find a definitive cause for the crash -- which has become of the most enduring mysteries of WWII-era America.

January 16, 2017 marks the 75th anniversary of the plane crash that shocked the nation -- and also sees the trade paperback release of Robert Matzen's book Fireball: Carole Lombard and the Mystery of Flight 3, presenting the first-ever in-depth examination of the events that led to the fateful crash.

Fireball reveals:
  • Carole Lombard’s place in Hollywood history as a champion of women’s rights, wife of screen legend Clark Gable, and the highest-paid actress of her day
  • The unlikely love story between Carole Lombard and Clark Gable -- who were very much the 'Brangelina' of their day
  • Why three investigations (Civil Aeronautics Board, the United States Congress, and the FBI) failed to find a definitive cause for Flight 3's crash
  • The wreckage from the crash that still covers the inaccessible Nevada mountainside (which Matzen scaled to find thousands of pieces of the plane still there, including the engines and landing gear)
  • The heroic actions of ordinary people from Las Vegas, who, on January 16, 1942, suddenly found themselves involved in an extraordinary event
  • The love story between Carole Lombard and Clark Gable
  • 31 unpublished photos taken of Lombard the day before she died

About Robert Matzen:
Robert Matzen is the author of seven books, including the award-winning Errol & Olivia: Ego & Obsession in Golden Era Hollywood and the bestsellers Fireball: Carole Lombard and the Mystery of Flight 3 and Mission: Jimmy Stewart and the Fight for Europe.

Regularly interviewed by international press, including the New York Post, Hollywood Reporter, and BBC, Matzen’s previous print work includes many articles about classic films, and the Greenwood Press reference volume, Carole Lombard: A Bio-Bibliography. His work as a filmmaker earned national awards and his feature documentary about George Washington, When the Forest Ran Red, is a genre classic. He has also written and directed several films for NASA.

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