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Post  rsv1cox on Fri Jan 04, 2019 7:34 am

Not that Charlie Brown, but the real thing

I'm half way through this book, read up through the high point this morning. Not sure if it's the climax or not. Not there yet.

A true story of two pilots, one flying a German BF-109 the other a battle damaged B-17. Tragic, emotional and inspirational. Candy bars for the kids that were never delivered.

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Just thought I would share.

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Post  944_Jim on Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:16 pm

Hi Bob,

The context of the book always held an interest for me (WWII). The circumstances described were enough that I looked up the book online, and got to read a few pages...then I ran out of "preview."

I got out of work early today since Weather.com showed partially sunny, 49 deg, andn3 mph winds. I hoped to fly the P-40. Unfortunately my phone had switched to Washington DC weather, not Columbus, MS.

So just now, I checked with the local library. They had a copy. Now I have that copy. So I'm a half-book behind you! So, now I'm settled into the couch under a blanket with the fireplace burning. It is too cold, and too windy to fly. But just right for a cup of tea and a good book!

Don't spoil it for at least 72 hours! Give me a chance to catch up.
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Post  Marleysky on Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:18 pm

Blanket, Check. Fireplace, Check.  Book, ...Book, ....where’s that confounded book?

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Ithink Ilike my electronic library, available on my Ipad to read to me!  
Thanks for the Recommendation. Sounds like a good book!

I try and catch up to you guys.. lol!


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Post  rsv1cox on Fri Jan 04, 2019 5:29 pm

Sounds cozy guys.

It's a good book that I'm sure you will find fascinating and difficult to put down.  

I don't know how it ends, we will probably get there together.

Bob
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Post  Cribbs74 on Fri Jan 04, 2019 6:54 pm

That does look good Bob.

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Post  944_Jim on Fri Jan 04, 2019 7:14 pm

1/3 way in...stopped only for dinner. Fascinating read! Still on the German character, and waiting for the American part. Not disappointed at all.

It won't stop me from flying tomorrow, and in fact may spur me on...the book mentioned P-40s early on.

Thanks Bob!
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Post  944_Jim on Sat Jan 05, 2019 2:33 am

Gripping...2/3rds done. Gotta sleep!
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Post  rsv1cox on Sat Jan 05, 2019 6:48 am

944_Jim wrote:1/3 way in...stopped only for dinner. Fascinating read! Still on the German character, and waiting for the American part. Not disappointed at all.

It won't stop me from flying tomorrow, and in fact may spur me on...the book mentioned P-40s early on.

Thanks Bob!

I found that curious, P-40's bouncing 109's?  On paper and in the sky the 109 was the superior aircraft. Comes down to pilots and tactics I guess.  

2/3rd's.  Your up to me.  Interesting insight on the end of days air war and command structure.  Galland received a lot of notice after the war and became an interesting historical figure.  Lot's of archived footage of him has been weaved into documentaries.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adolf_Galland 

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Post  944_Jim on Sat Jan 05, 2019 8:35 am

I got as far as the "initial meeting of the two key characters (including B-17 crew)," and their initial respectice "returns to earth."

Once "the encounter played out," I was surprised by how much book is actually left. Hopefully I can find time to finish it this weekend.

All I can say is "Wow!" This should be a movie.
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Post  944_Jim on Sat Jan 05, 2019 7:27 pm

307/371 done...wow!
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Post  Marleysky on Sat Jan 05, 2019 8:37 pm

Gee, im just starting chapter 9. I guess im not a speed reader!
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Post  944_Jim on Sat Jan 05, 2019 9:24 pm

Marley/Bob,

I just finished. This is the first time I've ever read the afterword of a book, or reviewed the author's website. I even watched the author's videos.

This needs to be a movie

I won't wreck it for Marley...but I will say the ending is a tear-jerker! As a member of the US armed forces for too many years, all I can say is the book has challenged me about my own service and deployments. Just...Wow!

For all you others, I challenge you to read the book. How can a bunch of model aircraft enthusiasts NOT know this story?

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Post  944_Jim on Sat Jan 05, 2019 9:25 pm

Oh, and for Bob...Thanks a bunch! I consider the last 12 hours of reading worth the time invested.
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Post  rsv1cox on Sun Jan 06, 2019 7:37 am

Your welcome.

Finished it last night binge reading, couldn't put it down before going to sleep not knowing the ending.

8 PM a choice, Cowboys/Seahawks or A Higher Call.  Chose the book.

Bob

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And yes, we want to share everything about the book and it's characters, but you don't want to spoil it for others either.


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Post  Marleysky on Mon Jan 14, 2019 3:11 pm

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944_Jim wrote:Marley/Bob,

I just finished. This is the first time I've ever read the afterword of a book, or reviewed the author's website. I even watched the author's videos.

This needs to be a movie

I won't wreck it for Marley...but I will say the ending is a tear-jerker! As a member of the US armed forces for too many years, all I can say is the book has challenged me about my own service and deployments. Just...Wow!

For all you others, I challenge you to read the book. How can a bunch of model aircraft enthusiasts NOT know this story?


Yes Sir, this is one whale of a good Tail! Pun intended. Like most every story the author has to set up the stage and characters. This guy did years or research to get all the interconnected stories and details correct. Wow, what a ride. Yeah, if you can stay dried eyed thru the last chapers, you aren’t connected to other human beings. What tremendous real life true story.  Highly recommended for reading.
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Post  rsv1cox on Thu Jan 17, 2019 6:53 am

Glad you liked it Rene.

Yes, Adam Makos did a great job researching this book, took him years. Dedication.

My next read is "Mission" about the actor Jimmy Stewart (It's a Wonderful Life, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, The Glenn Miller Story.) Hollywood studios tried to get him a cushy desk job during WW2 but he chose to fly combat missions in an B-24 Liberator over Germany instead.

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Post  Marleysky on Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:51 pm

Jimmy Stewart -  didn't he also play Lindbergh in the movie about the Spirit of St Louis ?  anyway, one of the last books on Aviation I  read and highly recommend is  "Fate is the Hunter" by Ernest K Gann

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Heard about this title from an English fellow on another RC forum. His comment on someones post of their recent Crash, was "well, she was a ground loving bitch" Made me LOL and i sent a post saying that was gonna be my next planes name!! He replied he couldn't take credit for the saying as it was from this Book and author. He recommend I read the book, which I did. Very Good Story.
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Post  rsv1cox on Fri Jan 18, 2019 6:38 am

Made me LOL too Rene. That alone is worth me reading that book.

Thanks - Bob
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