The Lost Airman

  • by Seth Meyerowitz, Peter F. Stevens
  • Narrated by Jonathan Todd Ross
  • 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For fans of Unbroken, the remarkable, untold story of World War II American Air Force turret-gunner Staff Sergeant Arthur Meyerowitz, who was shot down over Nazi-occupied France and evaded Gestapo pursuers for more than six months before escaping to freedom.
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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Can't wait for the movie

I agree with the reviewer who compared this true story to the likes of The Great Escape and Unbroken. It just cries out to be made into a film. Written by the grandson of the book's subject, this is a story that could not be told until the debriefing of Arthur Meyerowitz was finally declassified. His crash behind enemy lines and subsequent life in hiding as a Jew in occupied France (by the grace of unforgettable heroes of the French Resistance) is edge of the seat stuff. And good news!! It seems that a film starring Jake Gyllenhall is in development. Excellent read.
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- 6catz

Compelling read....

What a great recount of the actions of the bravest of men and women, a well crafted and excellently researched telling of the action of bomber crew and the French resistance during 1943/44. History well recorded and not to be forgotten, the author is a credit to his late brave Grandfather and the beyond brave members of the resistance organizations of WWll, well done and thank you.
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- M Wilson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-19-2016
  • Publisher: Recorded Books