It was 1943 and the Allied war machine was quickly building toward
it''s peak. The invasion of western Africa provided their bombers
with a platform from which they could strike the under belly of
Europe At the same time, the German defense forces, both
anti-aircraft and aircraft fighters, were reaching the peak of
their efficiency. Aircraft B-17, 0837 had made thirty four sorties
over enemy targets when her luck ran out. On August nineteenth she
was going after a power station at Foggia, Italy. Combining the
flack and the enemy fighters, this was her last mission. Shortly
after noon, eight of her surviving crew members parachuted down
into Italian hands. Bruce and Ken were quickly moved into an
Italian interrogation camp. The next stop was a permanent camp and
two days after their arrival, the Italian Government surrendered to
the Allies. Now prisoners of the Germans, they were moved to a
third camp in preparation for a move northward. That''s when these
two airmen decided to try an escape. On the outside, an
Italian-American put the escapees into non-descript civilian
clothes, pointed to the southeast and the Allied lines, and sent
them on their way. Even thought they remained in the "back
country," it quickly became clear that the enemy not only included
the German army but the local Facists and numerous groups of young
boys hiding out to avoid conscription. Ten days later the civilian
dressed airmen discovered their position was accidently right in
the middle of the German lines. With infantry positions dead center
in front, heavy weapons somewhere behind them, there simply was no
direction left to go. For the next interesting five days they had
but one goal: evade the German armyand get to the Allied forces not
more that a couple miles away.
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||Hardcover - Sewn / Cloth over boards / With dust jacket
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