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About the Book
This well-researched World War II novel is based on a true story from Medina, a small town between Buffalo and Rochester, New York. A husband and wife have one son. When World War II began, the son enlisted in the US Army Air Forces as a pilot. The flight training and combat sequences are detailed and accurate. Later, the son is listed as Missing In Action along with his entire crew and the B-17 bomber they were flying as part of an 8th Air Force mission over Czechoslovakia. The father and son have been the closest of friends and the loss and lack of information is unacceptable. The father vows to find his son as soon as the war is over. The story unfolds from that point. Follow the son, Allen Stefaniak, through college, romance, flying training and off to war. The story takes place in Western New York State; Chicago; Army bases in Texas, Florida, Georgia, and Maine; in England, North Africa, Germany, Sweden, and Russia. Will the father, Stanley, be reunited with his son? What adventures and frustrations will impede the search? Come along and find out. The story is panoramic in its scope and universal in its message. Live those years of destiny again with the Stefaniak family during one of the most turbulent times in American history.
About the Author
Born in Medina, New York, located between Buffalo and Rochester, Christopher B. Scharping now lives in Panama City, Florida with his wife Catherine. This is his fourth book and his first novel. A former career historian for the US Air Force, a world traveler, and a former teacher of history and English, Chris brings his unique talents to the art of storytelling. He enjoys reading and writing historical novels. His interests include Classic Rock music and classic movies from the 1930s through the 1960s. He and Catherine thoroughly enjoy the beauty of living in north Florida, often walking the beautiful beaches there.