A Higher Call

A Higher Call

An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-torn Skies of World War II

Book - 2013
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"Four days before Christmas 1943, a badly damaged American bomber struggled to fly over wartime Germany. At its controls was a 21-year-old pilot. Half his crew lay wounded or dead. It was their first mission. Suddenly, a sleek, dark shape pulled up on the bomber's tail --a German Messerschmitt fighter. Worse, the German pilot was an ace, a man able to destroy the American bomber in the squeeze of a trigger. What happened next would defy imagination and later be called the most incredible encounter between enemies in World War II. This is the true story of the two pilots whose lives collided in the skies that day --the American --2nd Lieutenant Charlie Brown, a former farm boy from West Virginia who came to captain a B-17 - and the German - and Lieutenant Franz Stigler, a former airline pilot from Bavaria who sought to avoid fighting in World War II. A Higher Call follows both Charlie and Franz's harrowing missions. Charlie would face takeoffs in English fog over the flaming wreckage of his buddies' planes, flak bursts so close they would light his cockpit, and packs of enemy fighters that would circle his plane like sharks. Franz would face sandstorms in the desert, a crash alone at sea, and the spectacle of 1,000 bombers each with eleven guns, waiting for his attack. Ultimately, Charlie and Franz would stare across the frozen skies at one another. What happened between them, the American 8th Air Force would later classify as 'top secret.' It was an act that Franz could never mention or else face a firing squad. It was the encounter that would haunt both Charlie and Franz for forty years until, as old men, they would search for one another, a last mission that could change their lives forever" -- Publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Caliber, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
Description: viii, 392 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps, ports. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780425252864
Branch Call Number: 940.5442 Bro


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Feb 12, 2018

A good choice for fans of Ann Curry's "We'll Meet Again." An enemy pilot spares the lives of a U.S. bomber crew, and even years later, the crew continues to ponder "Why?" After decades of searching for answers, the pilots finally meet and share their stories.

ArapahoeChristineS Oct 15, 2016

An uplifting and fascinating story. An honorable enemy, can it get more interesting than that? For those interested in WWII, this is a great addition to your reading list.

Mar 25, 2016

Very enjoyable and informative book. Well written and well researched. great personal depictions of the lives and unimaginable pressures of real people on both sides of air combat in WWII.
Highly recommend.

Feb 15, 2016

This is an interesting and yes, uplifting, story about enemy airmen in WWII. While I enjoyed the story overall, I thought the book could have been shorter. There was a lot of detail that really wasn't needed for the story and I got tired and bored reading all the details about the different kinds of planes.

Aug 29, 2014

Very interesting. You get a different perspective on the German/American war than what is normally shown in the movies.

Jun 30, 2014

I am currently reading books on WW-II and stumbled on this one. A great story and Makos is a great story teller. one of the best books I have read. Highly recommend.

Mar 28, 2014

This book really changed the way I thought about World War ll fighter pilots. It kept me interested though out the whole book. And that a German pilot would do that for a American just touched my heart!

sjgorek Feb 02, 2014

Finished reading A HIGHER CALL yesterday. Outstanding book! Maybe my age is catching up to me but I could fully appreciate how when the lives of 2 people cross for only 10 minutes, the ramification can impact, and cause you to question, the years that follow. I also found it interesting reading of the experience of the German pilot through WWII and the impact his religion, sense of honor and non-membership in the Nazi party had upon him. From sleeping in his "grave" to flying the beautiful but unforgiving ME 262, it was a book I couldn't put down. One can't help but finish a book like this and wonder who one's real enemy is, the guy he is fighting under a different flag or the politicians who sent him to war.
Well worth the read.

Jan 06, 2014

Fascinating story about WWII pilots - men who had the same enemy even though they fought on opposite sides of the war. Great uplifting story that taught me much about people and aspects of that war I never knew about.

Jan 02, 2014

A must read for any WWII history buff. Incredible story of humanity and the incredible drama carried out over the skies of Europe durning WWII. It gives both sides perspectives and brings to light the true feelings of no doubt the majority of the mostly good and honorable German fliers who were reluctantly thrust into this conflict by a Power hungry madman and the "Party" he created to allow his madness to inflict unspeakable suffering for millions. An incredible chain of events leads up to the main focus of the story where two sworn enemies find themselves facing each other alone over the skies of Germany. One is a small thread from eternity, the other only needs sever that remaining thread when a higher call prevails and humanity rises above the call to duty. 5 stars.

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