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"A Higher Call" In The Sky

Penguin Books

Charlie Brown and Franz Stigler shared a skill: they were both pilots trained in warfare. 

World War II made them enemies, and an incident in December 1943 brought them physically close. 

Stigler had the upper hand, and could have shot Brown's plane out of the sky. 

But he didn't, and the story of his decision and its aftermath is told by journalist/historian Adam Makos in his book A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II.


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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.