December, 1943: A badly damaged American bomber struggles to fly over wartime Germany. At the controls is twenty-one-year-old Second Lieutenant Charlie Brown. Half his crew lay wounded or dead on this, their first mission. Suddenly, a Messerschmitt fighter pulls up on the bomber’s tail. The pilot is German ace Franz Stigler — and he can destroy the young American crew with 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.”
The U.S. 8th Air Force would later classify what happened between them as “top secret.” It was an act that Franz could never mention for fear of facing a firing squad. It was the encounter that would haunt both Charlie and Franz for forty years until, as old men, they would search the world for each other, a last mission that could change their lives forever.
This is a fantastic re-telling of an event most people would not believe. There are so many details, and they jump out of the pages of this book to leave one emotional and involved in the story. This is one of those books I could NOT put down. (I cried through the entire thing.)
.... Engines failed, damage was extensive to flight surfaces, yet under the strong hands of their young pilot, Charlie Brown, the ship remained precariously in the air. Back in the plane's fuselage the crew was bravely caring for each other--some with grievous wounds. As they approached the European coastline, Charlie knew that any moment the coastal flak guns would open up and finish them off.
Suddenly, from behind and below them a FW-109 climbed up from the treetops and began its attack run on the helpless Pub.
One would think this is the end of them. But, in reality this was a pilot behind them who didn't want a "Kill" number, he didn't want to "Kill" anyone for that matter.
This book really gives one a different impression of the word Nazi.
This is one book I will absolutely read again and recommend.