The Lost Airman

The Lost Airman

A True Story of Escape From Nazi-occupied France

Book - 2016
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Documents the story of a World War II American Air Force turret-gunner who was one of two escapees when his team's plane was shot down near Cognac in 1943, tracing his harrowing six-month flight to safety across the Pyrenees under constant pursuit by the Gestapo.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Caliber, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781592409297
Branch Call Number: B Meyerowitz
Characteristics: xiv, 299 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Stevens, Peter F. 1955-- Author


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Feb 17, 2019

I was quite impressed with this book. I know from reading many books about the U.S. Army Air Force as well as the Royal Air Force that pilots and crew-members sometimes could escape, but it was really quite rare. This book follows how the brave resistance members in France helped a few lucky crewmen escape. Very good story. Hard to believe how good the French civilians were to our soldiers.

Jan 02, 2018

A true story about an American gunner in WW2 whose plane was shot down. Luck landed him in a tree far from the others who were able to parachute out. So begins the tale of how the French Resistance hid him (many people/many places), taught him how to hide in plain sight, and facilitated his eventual escape.

Lots about the Resistance and the groups that were tasked specifically with saving downed airmen. They operated undercover and were ruthless with collaborators and spies for the Germans. I've read lots of escape stories and this is a good one. P.S. the airman was a Jewish guy from the Bronx!


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