The unique feature of this book, and the tragic accident it documents, is not simply the number of deaths but, rather, the extraordinary loss that occurred to so many American families simultaneously. And how important it is that people in Australia and America have ensured that this historic incident is long remembered.
is a retired engineering professor from The George Washington University in Washington D.C. and New Mexico State University at Las Cruces, New Mexico. He earned a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts and a master's degree in Management Science from Stevens Institute of Technology. Mr. Cutler was a policy research analyst at the National Science Foundation and a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Tokyo in Japan. In 1977, he completed a 20-year ﬂying career as a navigator in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. During the Vietnam War, he served as a combat crew navigator on C-141 and C-5A transport aircraft. In August 1999, he travelled to Australia to conduct research for a book about the U.S. Army Air Forces in Australia during the Second World War. Material for this book was drawn from his published articles: "WW II B-17 Air Crash in Australia, Uncovered," Air Power History (Spring 2003); and, "World War II Bakers Creek Air Crash," Journal of Army History (Summer 2010), and Australia's Worst Aviation Disaster, Boolarong Press, Brisbane (2014).