By Larry Alexander, Adam Makos
THE manhattan instances AND overseas BESTSELLER
Four days earlier than Christmas 1943, a badly broken American bomber struggled to fly over wartime Germany. At its controls was once a 21-year-old pilot. part his team lay wounded or lifeless. It used to be their first undertaking. all at once, a swish, darkish form pulled up at the bomber’s tail—a German Messerschmitt fighter. Worse, the German pilot was once an ace, a guy capable of wreck the yank bomber within the squeeze of a set off. What occurred subsequent could defy mind's eye and later be known as the such a lot impressive come upon among enemies in global conflict II.
This is the real tale of the 2 pilots whose lives collided within the skies that day—the American—2nd Lieutenant Charlie Brown, a former farm boy from West Virginia who got here to captain a B-17—and the German—2nd Lieutenant Franz Stigler, a former airline pilot from Bavaria who sought to prevent battling in international struggle II.
A greater Call follows either Charlie and Franz’s harrowing missions. Charlie could face takeoffs in English fog over the flaming wreckage of his buddies’ planes, flak bursts so shut they'd mild his cockpit, and packs of enemy warring parties that will circle his aircraft like sharks. Franz might face sandstorms within the wasteland, a crash by myself at sea, and the spectacle of 1,000 bombers every one with 11 weapons, looking ahead to his assault.
Ultimately, Charlie and Franz may stare around the frozen skies at each other. What occurred among them, the yank eighth Air strength might later classify as “top secret.” It was once an act that Franz may possibly by no means point out otherwise face a firing squad. It was once the come upon that will hang-out either Charlie and Franz for 40 years till, as previous males, they might look for each other, a final challenge that may switch their lives endlessly.
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