By Larry Alexander, Adam Makos
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Four days sooner than Christmas 1943, a badly broken American bomber struggled to fly over wartime Germany. At its controls used to be a 21-year-old pilot. part his group lay wounded or lifeless. It used to be their first project. abruptly, 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 in a position to damage the yankee bomber within the squeeze of a set off. What occurred subsequent may defy mind's eye and later be known as the such a lot extraordinary stumble upon among enemies in international conflict II.
This is the genuine 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 scuffling with in international warfare 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 might mild his cockpit, and packs of enemy combatants that may circle his airplane like sharks. Franz might face sandstorms within the desolate tract, a crash on my own at sea, and the spectacle of 1,000 bombers every one with 11 weapons, awaiting his assault.
Ultimately, Charlie and Franz may stare around the frozen skies at each other. What occurred among them, the yankee eighth Air strength might later classify as “top secret.” It used to be an act that Franz may well by no means point out in any other case face a firing squad. It used to be the come across that may hang-out either Charlie and Franz for 40 years until eventually, as outdated males, they'd look for each other, a final project which may switch their lives without end.
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Additional resources for A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II
Six Tigers were shipped from the ordnance depot on 21 April 1944, followed by another 39 between 20 and 29 May 1944. Ordered to the front in Normandy, the first seven trains unloaded west of Paris on 27 June 1944, however, the threat of attacks from the fighter-bombers was sufficient to delay their arrival at the front until 7 July. On 20 July, the 102nd still had 42 Tigers of which 17 were operational. No fewer than 30 operational Tigers were reported Starting in July 1943 the new turret was introduced.
Oversprayed with Green and Brown camouflage.
The Tiger had received a base coat of RAL 7028 Dark Yellow at the factory. Camouflage colours were applied by the unit overspraying a very diluted RAL 6003 Green and adding stripes and patches of RAL 8017 Brown. Kompanie/sPzAbt. 505 is also one of the replacements delivered in April or May 1944. These Tigers still have the Heckzurrung. (Bundesarchiv) Tiger, Fgst Nr 250829, was shipped to Schwere Heeres Panzer Abteilung 505 in a batch of replacement Tigers on the 8th April 1944. It is one, of the first Tiger with the steel rimmed road wheels (from Fgst Nr 250822).
A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II by Larry Alexander, Adam Makos