"A remarkable story"
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- THE TIMES
"Splendid and well worth the read."
- JOE GALLOWAY
"Oh, it's a good one!"
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Check out this story teaser but be warned, it spoils the book's ending!
This CBS segment was filmed at the 1990 reunion of Charlie Brown's bomb group. This video will reveal the ending of "A Higher Call."
BONUS ART GALLERY
View stunning artwork that has been created from moments described in "A Higher Call."
In 2009, Valor Studios commissioned artist John D. Shaw to paint "A Higher Call" which shows Franz & Charlie
at the end of their encounter. Visit ValorStudios.com to learn how you can secure a copy of this autographed print.
In 2012 Valor Studios again turned to John D. Shaw. The resulting painting, "In the Presence of My Enemy" showcases the damage to the "Ye Olde Pub." Visit ValorStudios.com to learn how you can secure a copy of this autographed print.
The final Valor Studios' aerial scene of Franz & Charlie was released in 2014, painted by aviation artist Nicolas Trudgian.
Titled "The Guardian," the painting shows not only the encounter but also the chilly landscape of Germany in December.
Visit ValorStudios.com to secure a copy of this autographed print.
This beautiful pencil sketch by Nicolas Trudgian, titled "Touchdown," shows the "Ye Olde Pub" landing at Seething Air Base in England following the December 20th Bremen mission. Visit ValorStudios.com to secure a copy of this pencil print.
Photos from author Adam Makos' research trip to Sicily to re-trace the footsteps of Franz Stigler.
A Luftwaffe mechanic works on the engine of a JG-27 Bf-109 fighter
at Trapani airfield - the site of Adam's research trip.
The port of Palermo, which was attacked by B-17s on April 16, 1943, a moment depicted in A Higher Call.
Another view of the docks at Palermo.
Squadron Six (6./JG-27) at Trapani-Milo airfield in Sicily. Mount Erice looms behind them. Franz Stigler is to the immediate right of Willy Kientsch who stands with his hands together at center (courtesy of John Weal).
Standing on the site of the former airfield at Trapani-Milo.
A JG-27 Bf-109 receive the attention of the ground crew. Note Venus Castle on top of Mount Erice.
Venus Castle today, as seen from Trapani-Milo airfield.
Willy Kientsch emerges from his Bf-109 after a mission. A brick reventment protects his plane.
Two surviving brick reventments remain at Trapani-Milo airfield.
The remains of the runway at Trapani-Milo as seen from Mount Erice.
Trapani-Milo airfield as captured in a bomb damage photo taken by Army Air Corps aircraft in July 1943.
Venus Castle as seen from on top of Mount Erice.
The city of Trapani as seen from Mount Erice.
Looking west past Venus Castle. The city of Trapani can be seen in the lower left.
This abandoned military installation was found near the top of Mount Erice.
Battle damage inflicted to a building in the abandoned camp.
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