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Bronx-born top turret-gunner Arthur Meyerowitz was on his second mission when he was shot down in 1943. He was one of only two men on the B-24 Liberator known as Harmful Lil Armful who escaped death or immediate capture on the ground. After fleeing the wreck, Arthur knocked on the door of an isolated farmhouse, whose owners hastily took him in. Fortunately, his hosts not only despised the Nazis but had a tight connection to the French resistance group Morhange and its founder, Marcel Taillandier. Arthur and Taillandier formed an improbable bond as the resistance leader arranged for Arthur's transfers among safe houses in southern France, shielding him from the Gestapo.
Based on recently declassified material, exclusive personal interviews, and extensive research into the French Resistance, The Lost Airman tells the tense and riveting story of Arthur's trying months in Toulouse - masquerading as a deaf mute and working with a downed British pilot to evade the Nazis - and of his hair-raising journey to freedom involving a perilous trek over the Pyrenees and a voyage aboard a fishing boat with U-boats lurking below and Luftwaffe fighters looming above. This is a never-before-told true story of endurance, perseverance, and escape during World War II.
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By Rebecca Lawton on 06-19-17
Wonderful Story of the French Resistance in WW2
This book held me captive from start to finish. The narrator is good, steady pace and great feeling. I really appreciated the fact that the narrator kept his volume the same throughout the book. Many narrators vary their volume so much that I miss all the quiet sections.
The story is an amazing one, that is well written and just enough detail. This part of WW2 is not often seen: That of a downed airman's view of the French Resistance.
47 of 49 people found this review helpful
By Gillian on 04-17-18
Wow--The French Come Out Looking Good!
Sorry, rude review title, but I've got a lot (I mean A LOT) of audiobooks on WWII and, especially if you've listened to those concerning Dunkirk and the period thereabouts, it's easy to sometimes forget that there were French not only devoted enough to fight bravely, but to die and sacrifice for others with the utmost of courage. In The Lost Airmen, you'll meet those very people, the regular people, the Resistance.
Seth Meyerowitz is moved to travel over ground his grandfather traversed, a story he's only heard secondhand as his grandfather died ten years before his birth, and this book is the result.
While some of it does read rather dryly, hence less than a 5-star rating, for the most part it's fairly exciting. After all, the place is crawling with Nazis and Arthur Meyerowitz's journey is a long and arduous one. There's the covert; there's the hiding in plain sight (which rather struck me as a dumb move, but it worked).
Most of all, there are truly dedicated people.
One reviewer couldn't stand the voice of Jonathan Todd Ross, but I didn't mind. Yes, he doesn't have one of your deeper toned voices, but the slightly higher pitch adds to excitement where it builds. So I dunno: Listen closely to the sample and see whether you can stand 9 1/2 hours of it?
Worth the time, worth the credit. And I do so love war heroes!
62 of 68 people found this review helpful