Franz Stigler/LeRoy Lutz: two examples of a higher call

In December, 1943, a badly damaged B-17 american flying fortress was struggling to return to its english base after his first bombing mission over Germany. Half its crew was dead or wounded, it was constantly loosing altitude. Suddenly, a Messerschmitt … Continuer la lecture

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Tombé de 6700 m. sans parachute, et vivant ! Le miracle de Saint-Nazaire

Le 3 janvier 1943, un bombardier B-17 de l’aviation américaine est abattu par un chasseur allemand au-dessus de Saint-Nazaire. Sept de ses dix membres d’équipage mourront. Parmi les trois survivants, deux tombent dans les eaux de l’Atlantique au large de … Continuer la lecture

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Une nouvelle connexion avec un pilote de guerre

Une surprise m’attendait l’autre jour dans ma boîte à lettres : un très petit colis (peut-être 8 cm. sur 3). L’adresse de l’expéditeur indiquait un nom qui m’était familier dans le Montana. Et quand j’ai ouvert ce petit paquet, j’ai été … Continuer la lecture

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« Cougar corridor », a novel on mountain lions

COUGAR CORRIDOR By Florian Rochat. (2009: in French) Paperback, 235 pages. Publisher: Le Passage. Reviewed by Dr. Lucina Hernández,Director, Rice Creek Field Station/Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, SUNY Oswego, Oswego, NY.   As a scientist with experience with terrestrial … Continuer la lecture

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Another connexion with a WW2 pilot

I was in for a surprise recently when I found a very small parcel (perhaps 3×2 inches) in my mailbox. The sending adress carried a name that was familiar to me in Montana. And when I opened up this very … Continuer la lecture

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On July 31, 1944, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry went MIA

In The Legend of Little Eagle, a novel with an important background on aviation and WW2, I tried to tell in a faithful way, based on different historical accounts, how the disappearance of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was felt by his … Continuer la lecture

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William Wyler risked his life to film « The Memphis Belle » missions over Germany

Many people interested in WW2 and aviation have probably seen The Memphis Belle, a movie by Michael Catton Jones released in 1990. This beautiful film was also pretty accurate, and beyond paying tribute to the crews flying the B-17s flying … Continuer la lecture

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