Terrorfliegers: How WWII American Airmen Survived German Captivity and POW Trauma


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Wilbur D. Jones, Jr., has collaborated with Al Cooke to produce an epic World War II account of a man defeating poverty, battle, imprisonment, and postwar POW depression.

Cooke, a first-time author, in late 2021 approached Jones with a draft manuscript about his father Roland’s service as a B-24 Liberator bomber crewman, assistance. The solid story was there, told with warmth and insight as only a son could. Jones edited and formatted the work, adding professional touches and supplementary facts.

Roland was shot down over Germany, made his only parachute jump (successful), endured 15 months in four stalags, and later recovered.

The story describes how downed American airmen – nicknamed by the Germans “Terrorfliegers” (terrorist fliers) – stuck together in ungodly conditions, fought constant boredom, inactivity, and hard times, yearning for Red Cross packages and delayed mail from home.

The work includes numerous letters between Roland and his impoverished family in rural Eastern North Carolina as examples of both home front and stalag culture and existence.

Jones was privileged and proud to collaborate with Al Cooke on this book.

  • Paperback: 277 pages
  • Publisher: Simply Francis Publishing Company (2023)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-1630620509
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Paperback, Hard Cover


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