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  - lamour - LibraryThing

On December 20, 1943, an American B-17 is trying to escape a mauling by FW-190's and ME-109's to reach the North Sea and eventually its base in England. As they approach the coast and the flack ... Read full review

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User Review  - labdaddy4 - LibraryThing

Really an excellent book. Written by a journalist it is a bit light on documentation but the story is a powerful one of courage and dedication to a cause. The inside look at the German Air Force ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
A Stranger in My Own Land
9
Follow the Eagles
21
A Feather in the Wind
26
Fire Free
44
The Desert Amusement Park
61
The Stars of Africa
71
The Homecoming
90
A Higher Call
193
The Third Pilot
210
Pride
228
Stick Close to Me
246
The Downfall
260
The Flying Sanatorium
281
We Are the Air Force
299
The Squadron of Experts
313

Welcome to Olympus
95
The Unseen Hand
108
The Berlin Bear
131
The Farm Boy
135
The Quiet Ones
143
The Lives of Nine
155
The Boxer
175
The Last of the German Fighter Pilots
333
Where Bombs Had Fallen
347
Was It Worth It?
352
AFTERWORD
369
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
379
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Hailed as “a masterful storyteller” by the Associated Press, Adam Makos is the author of the New York Times bestseller A Higher Call, and the critically-acclaimed Devotion. Inspired by his grandfathers’ service, Adam chronicles the stories of American veterans in his trademark fusion of intense human drama and close-up military action, securing his place “in the top ranks of military writers,” according to the Los Angeles Times. In the course of his research, Adam has flown a WWII bomber, accompanied a Special Forces raid in Iraq, and journeyed into North Korea in search of an MIA American serviceman.  


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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