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The Resource A higher call : an incredible true story of combat and chivalry in the war-torn skies of World War II, Adam Makos with Larry Alexander

A higher call : an incredible true story of combat and chivalry in the war-torn skies of World War II, Adam Makos with Larry Alexander

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A higher call : an incredible true story of combat and chivalry in the war-torn skies of World War II
Title
A higher call
Title remainder
an incredible true story of combat and chivalry in the war-torn skies of World War II
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Adam Makos with Larry Alexander
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Language
eng
Summary
The true story of two pilots whose lives collided in the skies over wartime Germany on December 21, 1943: an American--2nd Lieutenant Charlie Brown, a former farm boy from West Virginia who came to captain a B-17, and a German--2nd Lieutenant Franz Stigler, a former airline pilot from Bavaria who sought to avoid fighting in World War II
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Review
  • Military historian and aviation enthusiast Makos, along with WWII biographer Alexander (In the Footsteps of the Band of Brothers), delivers a top-notch narrative of the unlikely encounter between one of Germany’s leading fighter aces, Franz Stigler, and the rookie crew of an American bomber in the frigid skies of Germany in December 1943—upon engaging the already damaged American plane, Stigler had mercy on his enemies and escorted them to safety. Building on the events of that encounter, Makos crafts a multifaceted story, relating the career of Stigler from his first taste of combat in North Africa to his final assignment flying jet fighters in the waning battles of the war in Europe. He also follows American Lt. Charlie Brown and his crew through training and to the successful completion of their combat tour in April 1944. Based on thousands of hours of interviews and an evident knowledge of his subject, Makos details the frantic life of the German fighter pilots living on the edge, and the American bomber crews, far from home, fighting to survive. The book is a riveting story of humanity and mercy set against the ghastly backdrop of war. Agent: Greg Johnson, Wordserve Literary Agency. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed December 10, 2012) (Publishers Weekly, vol 259, issue 50, p)
  • An inspiring dual biography of two World War II airmen against the background of the European air war. In 1943, a severely damaged B-17, returning from a mission over Germany, was intercepted by a Messerschmitt fighter. Instead of finishing off the crippled bomber, the German pilot guided it toward the Channel and sent it on its way to England. Both pilots were still living 60 years later when Makos, editor of the military journal Valor, discovered the story. That single encounter was too short for a book, but Makos and military writer Alexander (Biggest Brother: The Life of Major Dick Winters, the Man Who Led the Band of Brothers, 2005) bring together the stories of the pilots. Franz Stigler was a deeply religious Catholic who loved flying. Already a commercial pilot, he was drafted into the Luftwaffe at the beginning of the war. He served grueling tours in Africa, Italy and Germany, becoming a fighter ace and flying the first jet while watching most of his comrades die as massive bomber formations devastated his nation. Charlie Brown was a West Virginia farm boy who moved from the peacetime National Guard to the Army to the controls of a B-17. Many of his friends died, as well. Serious military buffs may wrinkle their noses at the energetically nonpartisan tone--all the Luftwaffe pilots hated the Nazis; the American airmen were quirky but brave--and there is too much invented dialogue. Despite excesses of enthusiasm, massive research and extensive interviews combine in a vividly detailed account of German fighter operations in Western Europe and the training and blooding of an American bomber crew.(Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2013)
Biography type
contains biographical information
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10168268
Cataloging source
XFG
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Makos, Adam
Dewey number
940.54/443092
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • 18-up
  • 12-up
LC call number
D785
LC item number
.M34 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1951-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Alexander, Larry
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True
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  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Bombing, Aerial
  • Bomber pilots
  • Fighter pilots
  • Brown, Charlie
  • Stigler, Franz
Label
A higher call : an incredible true story of combat and chivalry in the war-torn skies of World War II, Adam Makos with Larry Alexander
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [389]-392)
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
viii, 392 p.
Isbn
9780425252864
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2012015546
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
(OCoLC)826823788
Label
A higher call : an incredible true story of combat and chivalry in the war-torn skies of World War II, Adam Makos with Larry Alexander
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [389]-392)
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
viii, 392 p.
Isbn
9780425252864
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2012015546
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
(OCoLC)826823788

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