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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Couldn't wait to listen every day on the way home!

This book was very well written and the narration was absolutely perfect. Jonathan Ross's voice really kept me fully engaged in the story. He even had a perfect French accent when speaking in the voice of those characters. The authors left no loose ends throughout book. What a great read!
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- Olga M Texidor

Both Touching and Tragic

Where does The Lost Airman rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 10 in non-fiction.


What other book might you compare The Lost Airman to and why?

Shot Down by Steve Synder and Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. These books are similar, as they take place during WW2, but The Lost Airman is distinctive in its behind-the-scenes view of the French Resistance and their heart-breaking and admirable courage and sacrifice.


Have you listened to any of Jonathan Todd Ross’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but an excellent narration.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. It's not a book you want to rush--but I always looked forward to getting back to it.


Any additional comments?

A moving account of Arthur Meyerowitz and all those who helped him get back home. I finished it on July 3rd, and was humbled and grateful for the brave sacrifice of so many great souls to preserve freedom and human dignity. The Lost Airman should be required reading in high schools.

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- Elyse Douglas

Book Details

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