Lightning Sky, R.C. George
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Lightning Sky

Author: R.C. George

Narrator: John McLain

Unabridged: 8 hr 59 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Highbridge Audio

Published: 04/30/2019

Genre: Biography & Autobiography - Military

Synopsis

October 6, 1944. Twenty-year-old Army Air Corps Second Lieutenant David 'Mac' Warren MacArthur was on a strafing mission over Greece when a round of 88-mm German anti-aircraft flak turned his P-38 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 himself on the wrong end of a German rifle pointing straight at his head. Dave's father, Lieutenant Colonel Vaughn MacArthur, was a chaplain with the 8th Armored 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 1945, 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, squinting into the sunlight, turned and smiled. Father 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 in rescue missions of his own, becoming a highly decorated and genuine American war hero.

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