The Epic Journey of a World War II Bomber Pilot and POW
Fate, unexpected allies, betrayal, two gold coins, and a prayer changes the life of a young airman.
World War II was raging when 19-year old James Keeffe joins the U.S. Army Air Forces. After months of rigorous training as a B-24 heavy bomber pilot, he and his crew arrive in England and begin flying combat missions over Europe. On the 8th of March 1944, during a bombing mission to Berlin, Keeffe's airplane is shot down over Holland, catapulting him into a world squeezed colorless by the ever-tightening fist of Nazi occupation.
Moving from safe house to safe house with the help of the Dutch Underground, Lt. Keeffe, in plain view of the enemy, evades for five harrowing months. During an escape attempt through Belgium he is betrayed, captured and transferred under armed guard to the infamous German prisoner-of-war camp – Stalag Luft III.
Winner - Best Autobiography/Memoir
--Ben Franklin Book Awards 2011
Winner - Best Memoir
--Indie Next Generation Book Award 2011
Gold Medal Winner - 2011 MWSA Awards, category Military/Air Force
--Military Writers Society of America
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
James H. Keeffe III, eldest son of James H. Keeffe Jr., spent his early years traveling the world with his military family. He has been working in IT data networking for the past eighteen years for Group Health Cooperative. He resides in Fall City, Washington with his wife Paula and daughter Reilly.
James H. Keeffe Jr., a WWII and Korean War veteran, received his degree in meteorology at UCLA. During his 22 years in the Air Force, he was a pilot, weatherman, and instructor. He lives in Bellevue, Washington with his wife Sandy. They have six children and many grandchildren.