A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II

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Penguin, Dec 19, 2012 - History - 400 pages
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December, 1943: A badly damaged American bomber struggles to fly over wartime Germany. At the controls is twenty-one-year-old Second Lieutenant Charlie Brown. Half his crew lay wounded or dead on this, their first mission. Suddenly, a Messerschmitt fighter pulls up on the bomber’s tail. The pilot is German ace Franz Stigler—and he can destroy the young American crew with the squeeze of a trigger...

What happened next would defy imagination and later be called “the most incredible encounter between enemies in World War II.”

The U.S. 8th Air Force would later classify what happened between them as “top secret.” It was an act that Franz could never mention for fear of facing a firing squad. It was the encounter that would haunt both Charlie and Franz for forty years until, as old men, they would search the world for each other, a last mission that could change their lives forever.


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User Review  - buffalogr - LibraryThing

A dual biography of Franz Stigler (ME-109 pilot) and Charlie Brown, (B-17 pilot.) The two meet over Germany and both survive to the end of the war and meet nearly 50 years later. The story includes a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Chris_El - LibraryThing

A dual biography of Franz Stigler and Charlie Brown, M109/ME 262 pilot and B-17 pilot. The reason for the story was an incident where Brown and his crew were incredibly shot up. Stigler intercepted ... Read full review


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About the author (2012)

Adam Makos is the author of the New York Times and international bestseller A Higher Call. In his work as a journalist, Adam has interviewed countless veterans from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and present-day wars. In pursuit of a story, he has flown a WWII bomber, accompanied a Special Forces raid in Iraq, and organized an expedition to North Korea in search of an MIA American serviceman. His book, A Higher Call, is studied in the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College, the J.A.G. Legal Center and School, and appears on reading list of the U.S. Air Force. Adam lives in Denver, Colorado.

Larry Alexander is the author of the New York Times bestselling biography Biggest Brother: The Life of Major Dick Winters, the Man Who Led the Band of Brothers. He is also the author of Shadows in the Jungle: The Alamo Scouts Behind Japanese Lines in World War II and In the Footsteps of the Band of Brothers: A Return to Easy Company’s Battlefields with Sgt. Forrest Guth. Alexander has been a journalist and columnist for the Intelligencer Journal in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, for nearly twenty years and has won numerous state-level awards for excellence in journalism.

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