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Seemingly unable to extricate himself, Lee Lamar all but surrendered to death before fortuitously bailing out. He was captured the next day and spent the rest of the war as a prisoner at a Stalag on the Baltic Sea, suffering the deprivations of little food and the coldest winter in Europe in a century. He never saw most of his crew again.
Then, in 2006, more than 60 years later, Lamar received an email from Croatian archaeologist Luka Bekic who had discovered the wreckage of Bottoms Up.
In this absorbing, alternating account of World War II and its aftermath, Dennis R. Okerstrom chronicles, through Lee Lamar's experiences, the Great Depression generation who went on to fight in the most expensive war in history. This is the story of the young men who flew Bottoms Up on her final mission, of Lamars trip back to the scene of his recurring nightmare, and of a remarkable convergence of international courage, perseverance, and friendship.
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By Mark on 07-25-13
Great account of a WW2 flyer saga.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, if you like to learn about personal history of a WW2 pilot's experiences.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Which scene was your favorite?
When his B-24 is shot down.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
Great read, personal account of one man who travels full circle.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By Bill on 06-06-17
What made the experience of listening to The Final Mission of Bottoms Up the most enjoyable?
Great story, well written, a great story of an ordinary American.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Final Mission of Bottoms Up?
Learning of the relationship between US flyers and the people of Croatia