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Summary æ Lightning Sky 107 ´ ❰PDF / Epub❯ ☁ Lightning Sky Author R.C. George – Dogsalonbristol.co.uk A US fighter pilot captured by the enemy A father determined to rescue his son One of the most remarkable and moving true stories of faith and perseverance to come out of World War II October 6 1944 T A US fighter pilot capturHimself on the wrong end of a German rifle pointing straight at his headDave's father Lieutenant Colonel Vaughn MacArthur was a chaplain with the th Ard Division of Patton's Third Army when he learned of his son's capture He made it his personal mission to find him For the duration of the war as Dave was shuttled from camp to camp including Dachau his father never stopped searching Then in May Vaughn's last hope was Stalag VII A in Moosburg Germany Through the barbed wire fence he cried out his son's name Incredibly out of tens of thousands of POWs one of them sui. R C George makes this story supported by photos memories etc come alive It's a testimony to the power of the family bond It reads like fiction but I am so amazed and delighted to say that this story is true Even though I knew the outcome I was riveted by the story and compelled to stay with it I think this book would make a fantastic book discussion selection as there is so much material that I wanted to share and discuss after reading I received my copy through NetGalley under no obligation

Lightning SkyHimself on the wrong end of a German rifle pointing straight at his headDave's father Lieutenant Colonel Vaughn MacArthur was a chaplain with the th Ard Division of Patton's Third Army when he learned of his son's capture He made it his personal mission to find him For the duration of the war as Dave was shuttled from camp to camp including Dachau his father never stopped searching Then in May Vaughn's last hope was Stalag VII A in Moosburg Germany Through the barbed wire fence he cried out his son's name Incredibly out of tens of thousands of POWs one of them sui. R C George makes this story supported by photos memories etc come alive It's a testimony to the power of the family bond It reads like fiction but I am so amazed and delighted to say that this story is true Even though I knew the outcome I was riveted by the story and compelled to stay with it I think this book would make a fantastic book discussion selection as there is so much material that I wanted to share and discuss after reading I received my copy through NetGalley under no obligation

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Lightning Sky É A US fighter pilot captured by the enemy A father determined to rescue his son One of the most remarkable and moving true stories of faith and perseverance to come out of World War II OctoberTwenty year old Army Air Corps Second Lieutenant David Mac Warren MacArthur was on a strafing mission over Greece when a round of mm German anti aircraft flak turned his P Lightning into a comet of fire and smoke Dave parachuted to safety as the Lightning lived up to her name and struck the Adriatic Sea like a bolt of flames In minutes he was plucked from the water only to find. Many thanks to #NetGalley and Kensington Books for allowing me to read this story in exchange for an honest reviewI was drawn to this book by the cover and by the description that it would be about a fighter pilot captured in World War Two and his Father’s search to find him and bring him home As a parent who could not be moved at this thought I know that personally I would be willing to move heaven and earth to find any child of mine in such a situationI am no expert on American Aviators and this book tells the story of one such man Dave MacArthur It also tells us about his father who was a chaplain in the military RC George the author of the book has done a marvellous job in telling of their experiences |He was blessed with wonderful primary sources of material including letters written by Dave MacArthur and by both his parents The early letters are written with the voice of a relatively innocent youth and the reader has the privilege of seeing how he matures as the story progresses Behind every dialogue comment in italics or uotations in the book is a historical document This is not a book of fiction and yet it is written in such as way that it flows and captures the attention the way good fiction shouldThis book is an excellent book to start with for those who don’t have much background knowledge on what it was like to be an aviator during the war George takes the reader through the training program explains the different planes and even how the choice would be made as to whether recruits would be fighter pilots or bombers Dave MacArthur was a fighter and the book takes its title from the name of the plane that he flew for a good part of his wartime career – a Lightning which is a one man planeThe story begins not in the Second World War but in the Korean War where Dave MacArthur still a pilot finds himself on land and facing an enemy trying to surround the troops he is with Due to lack of leadership among the group MacArthur realizes that someone needs to step up and make decisions or they will all be killed or captured Despite having no infantry training he successfully manages to lead a group of men determined that he will not face capture as he did during World War Two This chapter was gripping and although completely unexpected the excitement captivated me and I didn’t want to put the book down I was glued to the book in whatever spare minutes I could find over the next day or soMy uncle although not an aviator was captured in the Liri Valley in Italy and spent a year as a POW I had the privilege to interview him about his experiences and have also read a large number of books that detail the experiences of those captured in wartime Having read this book I have to wonder if my uncle vastly underplayed his experiences when we talked MacArthur was captured in Crete He was flying a plane that he didn’t normally fly on a day he wasn’t scheduled to be flying with an inexperienced suadron leader and without his lucky charm He managed to bail out of his burning plane almost too late but was uickly captured and taken to the local concentration camp where other pilots were also imprisoned The conditions he faced were horrific and this was merely the beginning of his time as a POW Each day he was forced to watch whole the enemy soldiers systematically killed local civilians including women and children in retaliation for each of their men who had been injured His journey did not end there Eventually he and others with him were transferred to Germany Along the way he made may escape attempts but there were two British soldiers who continually betrayed any other soldier who tried to get awayUltimately he found himself in Dulag Luft 3 the camp best known for the story of the Great Escape He arrived some months after that had taken place but it didn’t stop him from continually trying to find a way to escape himself He never made it far and was still there when the camp was closed down and the men were forced into what became known as the “Death March”While Dave MacArthur was marching and barely surviving his father had arrived in Europe and was continually seeking out news of any camps that had been liberated in the hopes he could find his son Eventually he got lucky heard of one such camp went there and actually found his son The story does not end there however and the book is well worth reading to find out all the finer details of their experiences Both the MacArthur men were very inspiring This book should be of interest both to those who have read very little about wartime situations and those who are highly knowledgeable Stories like this need to be told and remembered My thanks to the author for telling the story so well Free download ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB é R.C. 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R.C. George é 7 Review Nting into the sunlight turned and smiledFather and son spent the next two weeks together celebrating a forever cherished memory Over the next twenty five years Dave would go on to honor his father on rescue missions of his own becoming a highly decorated and genuine American war hero In both Korea and Vietnam Dave would carry with him the legacy of a great man who gave everything to save his sonAn inspiring harrowing and unforgettable chronicle of love of family and love of country Lightning Sky is a timeless testament to extraordinary lives in extraordinary times. This is a well written book about the story of Dave and how he managed to survive as a POW during WWII It might have been a bit rushed in the end but in general this was an interesting read