A higher call : an incredible true story of combat and chivalry in the war-torn skies of World War II / Adam Makos with Larry Alexander.
Author: Makos, Adam.
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Caliber, 2013.
ISBN: 9780425252864 (hbk.)
Description: viii, 392 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Subject: Brown, Charlie, 1912-2008.
Stigler, Franz, 1916-2008.
World War, 1939-1945 Aerial operations, American.
World War, 1939-1945 Aerial operations, German.
Bombing, Aerial Germany History 20th century.
Bomber pilots United States Biography.
Fighter pilots Germany Biography.
Notes: Copyright date 2012.
Contents: A stranger in my own land -- Follow the eagles -- A feather in the wind -- Fire free -- The desert amusement park -- The stars of Africa -- The homecoming -- Welcome to Olympus -- The unseen hand -- The Berlin bear -- The farm boy -- The quiet ones -- The lives of nine -- The boxer -- A higher call -- The third pilot -- Pride -- Stick close to me -- The downfall -- The flying sanatorium -- We are the Air Force -- The squadron of experts -- The last of the German fighter pilots -- Where bombs have fallen -- Was it worth it?
Summary: The true story of two pilots whose lives collided in the skies over wartime Germany on December 21, 1943: an American--2nd Lieutenant Charlie Brown, a former farm boy from West Virginia who came to captain a B-17, and a German--2nd Lieutenant Franz Stigler, a former airline pilot from Bavaria who sought to avoid fighting in World War II.