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A Higher Call (excerpt)

Credit: I received this excerpt in an email; I thought the story was so good that I pulled it out, re-formatted it and posted. A link to the book is included at the bottom of this page. 

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There is a wonderful book called “A Higher Call” about this TRUE story below.

The 21-year old American B-17 pilot glanced outside his cockpit and froze.  He blinked hard and looked again, hoping it was just a mirage. But his Co-Pilot stared at the same horrible vision.  “My God, this is a nightmare,” the Co-Pilot said.

“He’s going to destroy us,” the Pilot agreed.

The men were looking at a gray German Messerschmitt fighter hovering just three feet off their wingtip.  It was five days before Christmas 1943, and the fighter had closed in on their crippled American B-17 bomber for the kill.

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Brown’s Crippled B-17 Stalked by Stigler’s ME-109

The B-17 Pilot, Charles Brown, was a 21-year-old West Virginia farm boy on his first combat mission.  His bomber had been shot to pieces by swarming fighters, and his plane was alone, struggling to stay in the skies above Germany. Half his crew was wounded, and the tail gunner was dead, his blood frozen in icicles over the machine guns. Read the rest of this entry »

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