Franz Stigler book
Paperback with personalized bookplate

We have A Higher Call available with a bookplate personalized by Adam Makos and signed by 379th BG B-17 gunners Bob Egnew and Hugh McGinty!

Adam will sign the bookplate to a first name of your choosing, simply click the "order now" button and a new page will pop up where you can specify to whom.

Each book has the signed bookplate mounted inside and is shipped bubble-wrapped & boxed via USPS Priority Mail.

USA: $24.95 + $7 Media Mail

$24.95 + $30 FIRST CLASS


Each bookplate was signed by two of the veterans listed as well as author Adam Makos. We are now issuing bookplates signed by 379th Bomb Group B-17 gunners Bob Egnew and Hugh McGinty.

Bob Egnew served as a B-17 ball turret gunner in the 527th Squadron of the 379th Bomb Group (the same squadron and bomb group of Charlie Brown and "The Quiet Ones").

He flew his first combat mission over Germany in May 1944 aboard the B-17G "Carol Dawn" which had previously been captained by Lt. Charlie Brown and his crew before they rotated home a month prior (in April).

Bob would fly a total of 35 combat missions, aboard several different B-17s, with "Ronny Boy" eventually being his crew's assigned plane.

Hugh McGinty served as a B-17 tail gunner in the 524th Squadron of the 379th Bomb Group (the same bomb group of Charlie Brown and "The Quiet Ones").

Hugh began flying combat in the fall of 1943, at the same time as Charlie Brown.

During his combat tour, Hugh and his crew would often find themselves in the same formation as Charlie Brown and "The Quite Ones."

McGinty served aboard the B-17 "The Blue Blazing Blizzard" and "Censored," flying 29 combat missions.

"Black Thursday" survivor and B-17 pilot John Noack helped author Adam Makos as one of the historical advisors on A Higher Call.

At age 23, John was assigned as a pilot to the 306th Bomb Group during the height of the air war in Europe.

Noack was nearly killed on his first mission in August 1943, when he flew as a co-pilot. His experiences were relayed to the homefront in a 1943 article:

“Noack had been in England only a few weeks. It was his first raid over enemy territory . . . a squadron of Nazi fighter planes attacked and one of them scored several cannon hits on Noack’s plane . . . . one of the cannon shells exploded inside a wing . . . another shell exploded in the plane and flying shell fragments wounded and stunned Noack, knocking him out . . .

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German fighter pilot Jorg Czypionka helped author Adam Makos as one of the historical advisors on A Higher Call.

Jorg's career closely mirrored Franz Stigler's. Jorg first started out as an instructor pilot, then flew Bf 109 night fighters against the British bombers, and finally flew the world's first operational jet fighter, the Me 262 Stormbird, during the closing days of WWII.

Today, Jorg is an American citizen and is a member of the Old, Bold, Pilots association.

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American P-40 fighter pilot Jack Pinkham served in the 57th Fighter Squadron of the 79th Fighter Group which battled Franz Stigler and the Luftwaffe over North Africa, Sicily, and mainland Italy.

In fact, it was Jack's squadron that attacked and decimated Franz's squadron on June 10, 1943, near Sicily, a moment described in "A Higher Call."

Jack would fly 80 combat missions with the 79th FG before rotating home.

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