A book made for us World War II veterans
I have just read a book that many of us World War II veterans (there are still a few left) will enjoy, especially those that took to the air. During the final air battles over Germany an incident took place that will stand out in the annals of air war forever. An Eighth Air Force B-17 on a mission to Bremen had been almost shot out of the sky and was desperately trying to stay in the air to return to England. The plane was missing half its left elevator, had lost one engine and was losing another. It had also lost the entire plexiglass nose canopy, leaving the bombardier, navigator and nose gunner struggling to survive the 200 mph wind blowing through. She had lost so much wing surface that it was a miracle she could remain in the air.
Suddenly an ME109 slid alongside and appeared to be signaling to the pilot. The German pilot did not drop back to shoot the plane down, but he continued to withhold fire, waving his arms and pointing north. No one could figure what the German pilot was about. They were so close his wing was actually over the wing of the B-17!
A Higher Call was researched by the primary author, Adam Makos. He was able to pull together the names and characters of the incident from records of both sides in the conflict and, in the end, was able to get both of the bomber crew pilots together in Canada many years afterward.
All-in-all, this book should really please any retired flyer from the World War II era.