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Author Avriett, Carole Engle, author
Title Coffin corner boys [ebook] : one bomber, ten men, and their harrowing escape from Nazi-occupied France / Carole Engle Avriett with Capt. George W. Starks, WWII B-17 Pilot, the Mighty Eighth ; foreword by Lt. Gen. E.G. "Buck" Shuler, Jr., former Commander Eighth Air Force
Published Washington, DC : Regnery History, 2018
Copyright ©2018
Descript 1 online resource (xxi, 266 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations, maps
Content text txt
Media computer c
Carrier online resource cr
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-261) and index
Contents Part I. Beginnings -- Reconnecting: the "search" trip -- Beginning at sixteen -- Only one jump...ever -- Part II. The crew and first days down -- A whistle signal -- Betrayed by the gendarmes -- "Are you Hebrew?" -- Cognac and eggs -- Meeting up with buddies -- Meeting in a shack -- A casket and a bicycle -- Part III. The helpers and the enemy -- Processing in Frankfurt am Main -- Living with the Videls -- "Get the hell out of here" -- Sitting around a French fireplace -- An engineer's home, a dress shop, and a root cellar -- A squeaky wheel -- Life in Stalag Luft III -- 11, Rue de Saussaies, Gestapo Headquarters, Paris -- Fresnes Prison, Paris -- Dulag Luft and the Forty-and-Eights -- Stalag Luft IV, deeper into Germany -- Angels watching over -- Troop train and a brave man -- The captain -- "Frisco" -- The theater and the stress of POW camp -- One more day -- Steaming clothes on a stove -- The chief of police and Giselle -- A train full of Germans -- Maurice Baverel, a spy for all seasons -- Dr. Charlin and the five-horsepower Peugeot -- Part IV. The final push out -- Worsening conditions -- The black death march -- A small miracle -- Swiss surprise -- Enough of Switzerland -- Rowboat ride at midnight -- Part V. Going home -- George Starks and the Green Hornet -- Irv Baum and Ted Badder -- Dick Morse -- Bill Wyatt with Don Edgerly and Bob Williams -- Andy Brenden with Wally Trinder -- Dale Beery and William Wallace -- Part VI. Finding old friends -- Reconnecting, 1969 -- On to Pontarlier -- The Boillots and Dr. Charlin -- Back with Mike, 1970 -- More visits with friends -- Reunion with the crew -- Epilogue: one more time to France
Summary During WWII, a B-17 crew of 10 men was shot down over German-occupied France in an area known as Coffin Corner. Their pilot, George Wiley Starks, spent six weeks walking through France into Switzerland with aid from ordinary men and women, plus several extraordinary leaders of the Resistance. These experiences instilled two dreams in Starks that have lasted a lifetime: to stay in touch with his crew by whatever means possible, and to return to France to relocate and honor those brave souls who assisted him in desperate hours of need. Through enduring dedication and loyalty, Starks accomplished both. Carole Engle Avriett offers a heart-pounding glimpse of what it is like to suddenly find yourself stranded in enemy territory
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Subject Starks, George W
United States. Army Air Forces. Air Force, 8th
United States. Army Air Forces. Air Force, 8th.
World War (1939-1945)
World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American
World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations, American
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Western Front
Escapes -- France -- History -- 20th century
Bomber pilots -- United States -- Biography
Bomber pilots.
Military campaigns.
Military operations, Aerial -- American.
United States.
Western Front (World War (1939-1945))
Electronic books
Downloadable file
Alt Author Starks, George W., author
Shuler, E.G., writer of foreword
OverDrive, Inc
ISBN 9781621576556
Music # EB00727797 Recorded Books

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