Paul Pessolano's Reviews > Hell Above Earth: The Incredible True Story of an American WWII Bomber Commander and the Copilot Ordered to Kill Him

Hell Above Earth by Stephen Frater
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Mar 31, 2012

it was amazing

“Hell Above Earth” by Stephen Frater, published by St. Martin’s Press.

Category – World War II

This is truly one of the most unusual stories that has come out about World War II, and is a definite must for any reader interested in War stories and especially those interested in World War II. It is a story that has been hidden for years and for good reason.

“Hell Above Earth” is actually two stories in one. The first concerns U.S. Captain Werner Goering, and the second concerns the dedication and fortitude of those who flew in the B-17’s and B-29’s.

Reich Marshall Hermann Goring was second in command to Adolph Hitler, and was in charge of the Luftwaffe.

U.S. Captain Werner Goering was a B-17 pilot stationed in England who made bombing runs over Germany. The FBI, concerned about Werner’s loyalty and his possible capture by the Nazis and being used as a propaganda tool, selected his co-pilot. Jack Rencher, his co-pilot, was selected because he was an excellent shot with a pistol, and had agreed to kill Goering if there was the possibility of their capture.

The second part of the story is just as astounding as the reader is given insight in what it was like to fly in miserable conditions with the distinct possibility that you would not return from your mission. It is truly amazing that these young men went up, mission after mission, knowing that they would be facing incredible odds against their survival.

This is a most extraordinary story that will keep any reader glued to the pages until Frater ends the book with a surprising ending.

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