Shot down during World War Two,
Mosconi survived by parachuting into the barren countryside
of Tuscany, Italy.
Hidden from the Germans by locals, he meets and falls in love with a
But can he make it home to salvage the battlefield scrap… and one day
On this day it was his bad luck to run into a truck equipped
an anti-aircraft weapon. The shooter, with a good eye for a target,
him, was good enough to destroy both engines of his P-38 fighter on the
“Helluv-a-way to start the day,” Brick grumbled
and quickly glanced at the plane to assess the damage.
The plane was badly shot up. One engine in flames died, and
nursing the other, he tried in vain to make the Ligurian Sea. If Lady
Luck smiled on him perhaps he could reach the German-held Island of
Elba, Napoleon’s onetime home, but it was not to be. When the second
engine died, he knew the plane was dead weight and would refuse to fly.
While his fingers went through the motions of
shutting down the aircraft, he worked to capture glimpses of the
countryside. A dead stick landing on one of the roadways was out of the
question, unless he wanted to be captured and finish the war in a POW
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