A Higher Call

A Higher Call

An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-torn Skies of World War II

Book - 2013
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This is the true story of the two pilots whose lives collided in the skies over wartime Germany on 21 December 1943 --the American--2nd Lieutenant Charlie Brown, a former farm boy from West Virginia who came to captain a B-17--and the German--2nd Lieutenant Franz Stigler, a former airline pilot from Bavaria who sought to avoid fighting in World War II.
ISBN: 9780425252864
Characteristics: viii, 392 pages, [16] pages of plates :,illustrations, maps, portraits, photos ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Alexander, Larry 1951-- Contributor


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Mar 07, 2019

One of the best WW2 books I have read. It left me awe struck and emotional. A must read!

Feb 21, 2019

This book was interesting, uplifting, well-written and informative.

Feb 12, 2018

A good choice for fans of Ann Curry's "We'll Meet Again." An enemy pilot spares the lives of a U.S. bomber crew, and even years later, the crew continues to ponder "Why?" After decades of searching for answers, the pilots finally meet and share their stories.

Apr 19, 2017

Extraordinary! Returned April 19, 2017 at 11:45 a.m., Kenilworth Branch...

Mar 22, 2017

A great story and historical text about World War ll. This book centers around the tale of German fighter Ace, Lt. Franz Stigler, and the humanity he shows when he happens upon a crippled American bomber, piloted by Lt. Charlie Brown. While acts of chivalry are not unheard of during times of war, this story was almost lost to history and that these 2 men met, became fast friends and were able to tell their story, almost 50 years after it happened, is incredible! The story centers around Stigler, his early life, and his struggle to maintain his faith (Catholic) and honour (learned as a fighter pilot) in the face of the Nazi regime or 'The Party' as Germans called it. It talks candidly about the realities of war, of the obstacles facing each man and how they survived. I found the story compelling, especially Stigler's life and career as a fighter pilot in Nazi Germany. And of course, the meeting between the fighter pilot and bomber crew is the climax of the story. I like that the the author touches on the types of aircraft employed, and talks about the strategies and tactics used; they are essential in an historical sense. Overall, a great read, highly recommended!

ArapahoeChristineS Oct 15, 2016

An uplifting and fascinating story. An honorable enemy, can it get more interesting than that? For those interested in WWII, this is a great addition to your reading list.

Mar 25, 2016

Very enjoyable and informative book. Well written and well researched. great personal depictions of the lives and unimaginable pressures of real people on both sides of air combat in WWII.
Highly recommend.

Feb 15, 2016

This is an interesting and yes, uplifting, story about enemy airmen in WWII. While I enjoyed the story overall, I thought the book could have been shorter. There was a lot of detail that really wasn't needed for the story and I got tired and bored reading all the details about the different kinds of planes.

Aug 29, 2014

Very interesting. You get a different perspective on the German/American war than what is normally shown in the movies.

Jun 30, 2014

I am currently reading books on WW-II and stumbled on this one. A great story and Makos is a great story teller. one of the best books I have read. Highly recommend.

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