A personal account of the WWII experiences. Assault on Avign documents the World War Two experiences of Gene Carman, a B-25 navigator/bombardier. He and his crew flew many missions over Italy and France, dodging anti-aircraft fire on nearly every trip from their base in Corsica. On August 8, 1944, the odds finally caught up with them and they were shot down over occupied southern France, and then captured by the Germans after being on the run for three days. In Assault on Avign, you'll read About: -How men were chosen for aviation training over other troops. -What specialized training these men received before going overseas. -About the miracle that was the Norden bombsight. -About the camaraderie and cohesiveness of a flight crew. -What goes through an airman's mind as ground fire hits his plane. -The terror of being shot down and captured in enemy territory. -What it was like to be a prisoner of war.
The Authors: Gene Carman rose through the ranks in the Chevrolet Motor Division in Flint and Detroit, Michigan, and in Chicago, before moving into upper management at an electrical company and then an aircraft manufacturer in Texas. He then served in upper management for a restaurant franchising firm in Knoxville, Tennessee, before finishing his career there in real estate. Gene is retired and now lives in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Ed Nielsen spent his entire career as a U.S. civil servant working for the Department of Defense, first at Great Lakes Naval Training Center north of Chicago and then US Army Forces Command in Atlanta, Georgia. He's the author of Warriors, nine true Vietnam War stories, and Classical Classics, 126 classical music CD reviews and 10 essays on various aspects of the subject. Ed is retired and now lives in Hendersonville, North Carolina.