Academic journal article Military Review

Bailout over Normandy: A Flyboy's Adventures with the French Resistance and Other Escapades in Occupied France

Academic journal article Military Review

Bailout over Normandy: A Flyboy's Adventures with the French Resistance and Other Escapades in Occupied France

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BAILOUT OVER NORMANDY

A Flyboy's Adventures with the French

Resistance and Other Escapades

in Occupied France

Ted Fahrenwald, Casemate Publishers,

Havertown, PA, 2012, 286 pages, $29.95

A WORLD WAR II USAAF fighter pilot is shot down on his 100th mission while supporting the D-Day invasion. He survives to link up with the French Resistance, is ultimately captured by the Wehrmacht, interrogated, and interred in a POW camp. On the eve of his relocation to a Luftstalag deep inside Nazi Germany, he escapes and ultimately makes his way to Allied lines, only to be eyed with suspicion by his liberators. While this may sound like the latest Spielberg blockbuster, it was actually real life, and the basis of Ted Fahrenwald's thoroughly enjoyable memoir.

Following the end of the war, 24-year-old Fahrenwald documented his adventures in a manuscript, then put it away, and simply closed this chapter of his life and began another--as a business owner and family man. Following Fahrenwald's death in 2004, his daughter discovered the manuscript and had it published. The result is an account that simultaneously engages and entertains the reader.

Fahrenwald began his flying career in P-47 Thunderbolts and transitioned to the P-51 Mustang. …

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