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Delayed Justice

Ray Wagner

ISBN 10: 0967074428 / ISBN 13: 9780967074429
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282 pages. 8.60x5.60x0.90 inches. In Stock. N° de ref. de la librería 0967074428

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Título: Delayed Justice

Año de publicación: 1999

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición del libro:Brand New

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Colonel Swenson, a commanding officer in the 8th Air Force, is a dominating figure. A true wartime hero, he is nevertheless despised by many soldiers in his command. As an autocrat who wields immense and unwarranted power, he so alienates some of his charges that at least a dozen men swear to "get him" one way or another. The story of his heartlessness in fascinating, culminated by his ordering American airmen, who were prisoners of war, to embark on a death cruise down the Danube under the aegis of the Waffen SS. From the skies over wartime Europe to the colonel's successful business career, his primary antagonist is Rod Drayton, whose great friend, Lenny, dies because of the colonel's perfidy. As he lays dying in Rod's arms, Lenny elicits a promise from Rod that his death will be avenged. How, and by whom, makes for an intriguing suspense novel that moves quickly to a surprise climax. Surrounding the two main characters are Maggie, the beautiful English war! bride, who pays an awful price for her attractiveness, and Pat Decker, whose actions sometimes belie the fact that he is Rod's best friend.

From the Author:

When the war in Europe ended in May of 1945, I was an aerial gunner flying with the 8th Air Force out of Kimbolton, England. A friend and I volunteered to transfer to the Pacific war zone. We were sent back to the States for reassignment to the Pacific.

While in California, WWII ended and I was assigned administrative detail at the Santa Ana Air Force base.

Eventually, I functioned as an acting first sergeant in charge of a department that processed returning veterans for discharge or reassignment. I soon became interested in the stories of former Air Force prisoners of war, some of whom had suffered dramatically.

Amongst these prisoners, was a small group who, although arriving singly and at disparate times, told of the actions of a superior officer in their prison camp whom they hated without reservation. They described him with a passion as one who had collaborated with the enemy and forced them to cooperate with their German captors in ways that contravened international law.

Each and every one of these individuals spoke of getting revenge on this officer. Their stories were so captivating, I took to personally interviewing each of them and sending summaries to my superior officer for further investigation.

After leaving the service, I often thought of these unfortunates and whether they, or the government, had initiated further action regarding this officer.

In 1992, I retired as a CEO and gave thought to writing a book. I thought once again about those prisoners and their thirst for revenge. What a story it would make if, perchance, the officer had suffered justice at the hands of one or more of the POWs under his command.

It should have been easy to locate this officer, there having been relatively few Air Force prison camps in Europe. Strangely, I could not, despite extensive research, identify the camp or the individual. Instead, I discovered that, contrary to being despised, each source I investigated had nothing but praise for the commanding officers at each of the camps, and each was cited for exemplary conduct.

Who this officer was may never be known and his most heinous act, sending recalcitrant POWs down a river to an almost certain death, may remain a mystery forever.

Those interviews were real. The anguish and wish for revenge were very human and believable.

This, then, is their story of what might have been. God bless them.

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