Maine author to present Elephant Mountain B-52 story

GREENVILLE — U.S. Navy veteran and author Joseph R. Wax, M.D., in conjunction with the Moosehead Historical Society, will present “FINAL MISSION The North Woods”, the story of the Elephant Mountain B-52 tragedy, at 6 p.m. on Friday Sept. 9 at The Center for Moosehead History and Cultural Center in Greenville.

This gripping account chronicles the events and aftermath of an ill-fated Strategic Air Command B-52 Stratofortress mission over Maine’s desolate North Woods at the height of the Cold War, as revealed by the men who miraculously survived and the families of those who perished.  


Described as “a great historical account,” this extensively researched book comprehensively recalls that flight’s mission, including the causes of and response to the accident. Proclaimed “a powerful and moving tribute,” readers are rewarded with rich personal memories and period photographs humanizing the crewmen and their families. 

Following the presentation, the author will be available to sign copies of “FINAL MISSION The North Woods” which may be purchased on site or in advance from the following Moosehead area merchants: The Corner Shop, Indian Hill Trading Post, Kamp Kamp, The Moosehead Historical Society, Northeast Whitewater, and, as well as All author profits are donated to Maine charities in the names of the B-52 flight crew.

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