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Vendor: Dutton Caliber
Publication Date: 2016
Bronx-born top turret-gunner Arthur Meyerowitz was on his second mission when he was shot down in 1943. He was one of only two men on the B-24 Liberator known as "Harmful Lil Armful" who escaped death or immediate capture on the ground.
After fleeing the wreck, Arthur knocked on the door of an isolated farmhouse, whose owners hastily took him in. Fortunately, his hosts not only despised the Nazis but had a tight connection to the French resistance group Morhange and its founder, Marcel Taillandier. Arthur and Taillandier formed an improbable bond as the resistance leader arranged for Arthurs transfers among safe houses in southern France, shielding him from the Gestapo.
Based on recently declassified material, exclusive personal interviews, and extensive research into the French Resistance, The Lost Airman tells the tense and riveting story of Arthurs trying months in Toulousemasquerading as a deaf mute and working with a downed British pilot to evade the Nazisand of his hair-raising journey to freedom involving a perilous trek over the Pyrenees and a voyage aboard a fishing boat with U-boats lurking below and Luftwaffe fighters looming above. With photographs and maps included, this is a never-before-told true story of endurance, perseverance, and escape during World War II.
Peter F. Stevens is an editor, journalist, and author of eleven books.
"The Lost Airman tells the suspenseful story of a truly remarkable American, shot down over enemy occupied territory in World War II, who amazingly managed to stay a step ahead of the Nazis for over six months and get back home. A terrific, thrilling tale you wont want to miss."Alex Kershaw, New York Times bestselling author of Avenue of Spies and The Liberator
"The Lost Airman is a deeply researched, finely wrought gem. The story of Staff Sergeant Arthur Meyerowitzs harrowing struggle to escape from Nazi-infested France across the snow-bound Pyrenees to Spain will haunt you long after youve put this riveting book down. The courage, quick wits, and sheer guts displayed by Meyerowitz and the men and women of the French Resistance who gambled their lives to help him are simply extraordinary."Jack Cheevers, author of Act of War, Winner of the Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature
From the Hardcover edition.