New York : Random House, c2011
352 p. ; 25 cm ISBN/ISSN:
9781400067183 (alk. paper), 1400067189 (alk. paper), Language:
An American World War II pilot shot down in Occupied Europe returns to his crash site decades later and finds himself drawn back in time to the brave people who helped him escape from the Nazis
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In 1944, at the age of 23, Marshall Stone was a cocky young U.S. Army pilot with nine successful missions to brag about when his B-17 bomber was shot down in a Belgian field, near the French border. With German troops closing in to capture him and his fellow downed crewmates, he fled into the nearby woods. Miraculously, he was found right away by nearby villagers who hid him from the Germans. The people who helped him were part of a network of French citizens, from all walks of life, who formed the Resistance, sheltering and moving downed Allied airmen through covert routes to return them to their airbases in England. To these brave people Marshall owed his life.
Forty years later, newly widowed and retired, Marshall Stone returned to that crash site in Belgium. The overwhelming memories from that experience drove him to stay in France and try to find the people who helped him, especially a vivacious young girl in a blue beret. In his odyssey, he finds many of those people, all of whom had their own terrifying experiences during the war. But none more horrific than the story of the young French girl who helped him and so many other airmen to escape the German soldiers. His journey becomes a life-changing experience, helping him to find closure and a second chance at life.
Based on the true wartime experiences of her late father-in-law, author Bobbie Ann Mason writes a very authentic account of the French Resistance during WWII. The details and vivid narratives bring history alive for the reader.
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