THE GIRL AND THE BOMBARDIER
A True Story of Resistance and Rescue in Nazi-Occupied France
This story, recreated from a downed B-17 bombardier's unfinished World War II memoir and a box of letters from the French girl who saved him, sets a veteran's daughter on a journey, sixty-five years later, to craft their intersecting stories - a true WWII tale of danger, courage, love, and escape.
A remarkable hero emerged - Godelieve Van Laere - just a teenaged girl when she saved the fallen Lieutenant Dean Tate, risking her life and forging a friendship that would last into a new century.
The result is an amazing, multifaceted World War II tale - perhaps one of the last of its kind to be enriched by an author's interviews with participants. It traces the transformation of a small-town American boy into a bombardier, the thrill and chaos of an air war, and the horror of bailing from a flaming aircraft over enemy territory. It distinguishes the actions of a little-known French resistance network for Allied airmen known as Shelburne. And it shines a light on the courage and cunning of a young woman who put her life on the line to save another's.
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