In late May 1943, the B-24 carrying 26-year old Louis Zamperini went down over the Pacific Ocean. For nearly seven weeks --- longer than any other such instance in recorded history --- Zamperini and his pilot managed to survive on a fragile raft.
|(C) XB-24 in flight.|
They traveled 2,000 miles, only to land in a series of Japanese prison camps, where for the next two years, Zamperini underwent a whole new set of tortures.
His is one of the most spectacular odysseys of this or any other war, and "odyssey" is the right word, for with its tempests and furies and monsters, many of them human, Zamperini's saga is something out of Greek mythology.So wrote David Margolick in his 2010 review of author Laura Hillenbrand's second New York Times best-selling book, "Unbroken." (Her first was the story of the 1930s depression-era champion Thoroughbred racehorse, "Seabiscuit.")
|(C) At 19, Louis Zamperini (left), was the youngest member of the 1936 US Olympic Track Team.|