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MISSING: A World War II Story of Love, Friendships, Courage, and Survival

Adult; History & Military; (Publish)

MISSING is the true WWII story of my father, Lt. Donald N Evans. From dirt-poor, small-town roots, Don was the quintessential all-American boy--high school student body president and star athlete. At age eighteen, he was attending college, had fallen in love, and appeared destined for a bright future, Then fate stepped in. Japan bombed Pearl Harbor and America went to war. Don joined the U.S. military, along with millions of other young Americans, and went to war. Before shipping overseas, he married his high school sweetheart, Laura Jeanne. On day 9 of the Battle of the Bulge, Don was shot down behind enemy lines. Defying odds, he survived bailing out of his P-47 fighter plane seconds before it crashed. Don spent Christmas Eve huddled under a pine tree, wondering if he'd ever see his family again. Ahead of him lay capture by German SS Troops, a 200-mile forced march, near starvation, abuse by guards, and internment in a German POW camp. His will to overcome nearly insurmountable odds is inspiring. That he actually did so is a miracle. Excerpts from Don and Laura Jeanne's deeply personal letters allow readers to glimpse emotional events through the eyes of a young couple who lived through these remarkable times. Don and four other flyboys in the 368th Fighter Group of the Ninth Air Force became so close they called themselves The Five. Their experiences are woven together from letters, journals, personal histories mission reports, and interviews, creating a moving and unforgettable World War II story.

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