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As a young band of brothers flies over German-occupied France, they come under heavy fire. Their B-17 is shot down and the airmen - stumbling through fields and villages - scatter across Europe. Some struggled to flee for safety. Others were captured immediately and imprisoned. Now, for the first time, their incredible story of grit, survival, and reunion is told.

In 1944, George Starks was just a 19-year-old kid from Florida when he and his high school buddies enlisted in the US military. They wanted to join the action of WWII. George was assigned to the 92nd Bomb Group, in which the median age was 22, and on his crew's first bombing mission together received the most vulnerable spot of a B-17 mission configuration: low squadron, low group, flying number six in the bomber-box formation. Airmen called George's position the "Coffin Corner" because here exposure was most likely to draw hostile fire. Sure enough, George's plane was shot down by a German Fw 190, and he jumped at 25,000 feet for the "first and only time", as he tells the story. He landed near Vitry-en-Perthois to begin a 300-mile trek through the dangers of war-torn France towards the freedom of neutral Switzerland. Through waist-deep snow, seering exhaustion, and close encounters with Nazis, George repeated to himself the mantra "just one more day". He battled to keep walking. His comrades were scattered all across Europe and experienced places as formidable as German POW camps and as hospitable as Spain, each crew member always wondering about the fate of the others.

After the war, George made two vows: he would never lose touch with his men again and one day would attempt to thank those who had risked their lives to save his. Despite passage of time and demands of career and family, he accomplished both. He reunited with his crew and then 25 years later, returned to France to locate as many as he could of the brave souls who had helped him evade the enemy.

Join George as he retraces his steps to freedom and discover the amazing stories of sacrifice and survival and how 10 young American boys plus their French helpers became heroes.

©2018 Carole Engle Avriett (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Skips around in time, hard to follow as audio.

I'm new to audio books. Fighter Pilot about Robin Olds read by Robinson Dean spoiled me. I'm still listening for a book better than that one. I have found that the typical WWII autobiography is great. I listen while I do other things, so I want something that is easy to follow. A linear time line works best for me. A limited number of names and dates is best. I like the stories! This book would be awesome if I could re-arrange the chapters and follow the story of each crew member as a single timeline. Instead the book chapters skip around from crew member to crew member covering a little slice of time. I suppose if I got pencil and paper and wrote down the names of the crew members and memorized them then I could follow along better; but I am just looking for some easy listening and some good stories. The book does have some excellent stories. Patrick Lawlor does a good job of narration, so good that I will look for more books narrated by him.

I am not sure how to express the time line confusion using audible's rating system.
The book was overall very good.
The Narration performance was very good. I loved it.
The story was very good, just not linear like I like them. A little hard to follow. Same voice, different crew member stories. The time line repeated for each crew member multiple times.

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Not what I expected...

I felt is was wrote more like a Journal ...Just not what keeps me interested ... great story line wished it was more told in a intriguing style... Not to put down the author or narrator....

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excellent book!!!! every chapter was thrilling.

excellent book!!!! I enjoyed every chapter. I enjoyed every chapter. it was well written. outstanding!!!

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