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

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

By Adam, Alexander
By Alexander, Larry
By Makos, Adam

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Four days before Christmas 1943, a badly damaged American bomber struggled to fly over wartime Germany. At its controls was a 21-year-old pilot. Half his crew lay wounded or dead. It was their first mission. Suddenly, a sleek, dark shape pulled up on the bomber's tail--a German M...esserschmitt fighter. Worse, the German pilot was an ace, a man able to destroy the American bomber in 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. This is the true story of the two pilots whose lives collided in the skies that day--the American--2nd Lieutenant Charlie Brown, a former farm boy from West Virginia who came to captain a B-17--and the German--2nd Lieutenant Franz Stigler, a former airline pilot from Bavaria who sought to avoid fighting in World War II. A Higher Call follows both Charlie and Franz's harrowing missions. Charlie would face takeoffs in English fog over the flaming wreckage of his buddies' planes, flak bursts so close they would light his cockpit, and packs of enemy fighters that would circle his plane like sharks. Franz would face sandstorms in the desert, a crash alone at sea, and the spectacle of 1,000 bombers each with eleven guns, waiting for his attack. Ultimately, Charlie and Franz would stare across the frozen skies at one another. What happened between them, the American 8th Air Force would later classify as top secret. It was an act that Franz could never mention or else face a firing squad. It was the encounter that would haunt both Charlie and Franz for forty years until, as old men, they would search for one another, a last mission that could change their lives forever.
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ISBN 9780425252864
Released NZ 27 Feb 2013
Publisher Penguin
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780425252864
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Berkley Publishing Corporation,U.S.
Released 27 Feb 2013
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Adam, Alexander
By Alexander, Larry
By Makos, Adam
Category World History: From C 1900 -
World History: Second World War
Number of Pages 394
Dimensions Width: 163mm
Height: 235mm
Spine: 36mm
Dewey Code 940.54443092
Weight 630g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Fighter pilots - Germany, World War, 1939-1945 - Aerial operations, American, World War, 1939-1945 - Aerial operations, German, Bombing, Aerial - Germany - History - 20th century, Bomber pilots - United States
NBS Text History: World & General
ONIX Text General/trade

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