Tuesday Book Club discusses ‘The Lost Airman’

Published 8:59 am Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The Tuesday Book Club met on March 22. Members present were Nancy Rogers, Mae Hunnicutt, Linda Bracken, Karen Jones, Lloyd and Janet Mize, Carolyn Langston, Gala Legrone and Carol Lowery.

After visiting and enjoying refreshments, club members discussed “The Lost Airman: A True Story of Escape from Nazi-occupied France,” by Seth Meyerowitz with Peter F. Stevens.

The book is a true account of Staff Sgt. Arthur Meyerowitz and his escape after his plane was shot down over Nazi-occupied France in 1943.

When Arthur’s plane was shot down over France, he knocked on the door of a farmhouse and the owner took him to a leader of the French resistance where he was sheltered for six months.

Masquerading as deaf and mute, he eventually was able to cross the Pyrenees Mountains into Spain and from there was able to make his way to Allied Forces in Gibraltar in June 1944.

Seth Meyerowitz never knew his grandfather, but the discovery of a box of military papers led him to begin to research Arthur’s World War II experiences.

Using the Internet, recently declassified material and personal interviews, he was able to piece together his grandfather’s story.

Because Tuesday Club Members seem to especially enjoy World War II stories, this book was a good one to read and discuss and it was more meaningful because it is a true story.

Next month the club will read “The Spy Wore Red,” by Aline Countess of Romanones.