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Gold Bars and Silver Wings David J. Farrell

Gold Bars and Silver Wings

David J. Farrell

Published 2008
ISBN : 9781425145996
Paperback
364 pages
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After graduating at the top of his class in Advanced Flight Training from the Stuttgart Army Field, with the gold bars of a 2nd Lieutenant and the silver wings of an Air Corps Pilot, Peter also earned the coveted prize of immediate assignment to anMoreAfter graduating at the top of his class in Advanced Flight Training from the Stuttgart Army Field, with the gold bars of a 2nd Lieutenant and the silver wings of an Air Corps Pilot, Peter also earned the coveted prize of immediate assignment to an England-based A-26 Squadron of twin-engine, low-level attack bombers. He would soon be aiding his infantry-officer brother who had just landed on D-Day and was inching his way toward France.He furloughed home to the proud stares of family, of friends, and most importantly, of his all-loving Lillian. They reinforced, intensified and severly tested their ardent passions. His hazardous immediate future stifled any discussions pertaining to engagement and /or marriage at that time.On returning to Stuttgart for his orders, he received a desperate note from the Cadet Hostess entreating him to escort her daughter to he Debutante Cotillion. Although that social scene was foreign to him, he accepted reluctantly, and confounded all with his dancing skills. Some of his partners harbored, envisioned, and contrived lustful intentions and designs for a subsequent amorous encounter. His overseas departure negated further licentious forays.Depsite the absence of any preparation, Peter, after many delays and disappointments, flew bombing missions over Germany. On a raid to Berlin, his B-17 suffered serious damage from enemy flak. With two engines out and injured aboard, he tenaciously willed his way out of Germany and across France, losing altitude precipitously. He stared at the approaching, and threatening, and beckoning icy waves of the frigid English Channel and the towering and seemingly insurmountable heights of the White Cliffs ofDover and wondered his fate.