By Larry Alexander, Adam Makos
THE manhattan instances AND foreign BESTSELLER
Four days earlier than Christmas 1943, a badly broken American bomber struggled to fly over wartime Germany. At its controls was once a 21-year-old pilot. part his staff lay wounded or useless. It used to be their first venture. without warning, a graceful, darkish form pulled up at the bomber’s tail—a German Messerschmitt fighter. Worse, the German pilot used to be an ace, a guy in a position to wreck the yankee bomber within the squeeze of a set off. What occurred subsequent could defy mind's eye and later be known as the so much excellent stumble upon among enemies in global struggle II.
This is the real 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 combating in global conflict II.
A better Call follows either Charlie and Franz’s harrowing missions. Charlie might face takeoffs in English fog over the flaming wreckage of his buddies’ planes, flak bursts so shut they'd mild his cockpit, and packs of enemy combatants that might circle his airplane like sharks. Franz could face sandstorms within the barren region, a crash by myself at sea, and the spectacle of 1,000 bombers each one with 11 weapons, expecting his assault.
Ultimately, Charlie and Franz might stare around the frozen skies at each other. What occurred among them, the yankee eighth Air strength could later classify as “top secret.” It used to be an act that Franz might by no means point out otherwise face a firing squad. It was once the come across that may hang-out either Charlie and Franz for 40 years until eventually, as outdated males, they'd look for each other, a final venture which can switch their lives ceaselessly.