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Lightning Down: A World War II Story of Survival Audio CD – Unabridged, November 2, 2021
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An American fighter pilot doomed to die in Buchenwald but determined to survive.
On August 13, 1944, Joe Moser set off on his forty-fourth combat mission over occupied France. Soon, he would join almost 170 other Allied airmen as prisoners in Buchenwald, one of the most notorious and deadly of Nazi concentration camps. Tom Clavin's Lightning Down tells this largely untold and riveting true story.
Moser was just twenty-two years old, a farm boy from Washington State who fell in love with flying. During the War he realized his dream of piloting a P-38 Lightning, one of the most effective weapons the Army Air Corps had against the powerful German Luftwaffe. But on that hot August morning he had to bail out of his damaged, burning plane. Captured immediately, Moser’s journey into hell began.
Moser and his courageous comrades from England, Canada, New Zealand, and elsewhere endured the most horrific conditions during their imprisonment... until the day the orders were issued by Hitler himself to execute them. Only a most desperate plan would save them.
The page-turning momentum of Lightning Down is like that of a thriller, but the stories of imprisoned and brutalized airmen are true and told in unforgettable detail, led by the distinctly American voice of Joe Moser, who prays every day to be reunited with his family.
Lightning Down is a can’t-put-it-down inspiring saga of brave men confronting great evil and great odds against survival.
A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press.
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- Publisher : Macmillan Audio; Unabridged edition (November 2, 2021)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1250818095
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250818096
- Item Weight : 6.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.15 x 0.87 x 5.87 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,055,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mr. Clavin has done it again. He has brought history back to life and underscored the importance of never forgetting our past.
This story is about World War II American pilot, Joe Moser.
Upon Joe Moser’s forty-forth combat mission over occupied France, he is forced to bail out of his burning plane. Captured almost immediately, his journey into hell begins.
He was imprisoned in the infamous German Concentration Camp, Buchenwald. The atrocities to humanity that took place in this camp are detailed and stand as proof of how sinister humans can become toward their fellow human beings. What Mr. Moser and others went through is pure horror.
Fortunately Mr. Moser and other captured airmen survived. When Mr. Moser was reunited with family and community in his hometown in the state of Washington, there were some that would not believe what Joe went through. It wasn’t widely known, for one the US Government didn’t want it known and for another it was hard to believe that the enemy could be that evil.
Over decades information was released that validated Mr. Moser’s and others accounts.
Mr. Moser and the other servicemen from the allied countries are true heroes and their service saved our world. The people of this generation are known as the greatest generation and thank God for them.
Thank you Mr. Calvin for this book. It is a true history lesson that should be continually shared and never forgotten.
- page 26: after leaving Boston, "The Excelsior...zigzagged its way west..." England is EAST of Boston
- page 79: "As the parachute opened, he glanced down down and saw the brown-green ground amazingly close, and getting closer as he fell at 400 mph." Really? The world record for a free fall parachute descent is 373 mph and the normal free fall rate is 120-160 mph. Once the parachute is deployed (as described in the book) the normal rate of descent is approximately 17 mph.
- page 126: "Margaret Ilse Kohler... joined the Nazi party in 1932 when she was just sixteen..." Ilse Koch (nee Kohler) was born on September 22, 1906 so in 1932 she would have been 26, not 16.
It's really frustrating to read an historical accounting that contains obvious mistakes.