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Author – John Armbruster – Tailspin

July 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Note: This event will be held next door at the Town Hall.

Tailspin recounts an event in November 1943, in the skies over Nazi Germany, when a wounded American tail gunner, Gene Moran, lay in the severed tail of his Flying Fortress bomber. The mangled wreckage plunged four miles toward German soil.  His parachute shredded by enemy fire, Gene awaited the inevitable.

The cartwheeling tail section slammed into a forest and dumped Gene onto the cold ground.  He was alive!  Gene fell four miles without a parachute and survived.

Author John Armbruster will explain this real-life event with video, slideshow and readings from his book Tailspin which recounts Gene Moran’s epic tale.

For more than sixty years, Gene said little about one of the most extraordinary stories of World War II until he met the author, John Armbruster.  John Armbruster, a close friend of the Moran family, initially refused to write Gene’s story.  Twenty years removed from a journalism degree and writing high school basketball stories for newspapers, John couldn’t imagine taking on such significant work.  But the author agreed to the project when one of Gene’s daughters told John, “He’ll do it, but only if you write it.” The journey of telling the story became a story itself.

Author Armbruster’s book Tailspin recounts Gene’s unbelievable World War II survival saga.  

Tailspin tells the story of WWII gunner Gene Moran’s experience of falling four miles in the severed tail of his Flying Fortress bomber. And, surviving! Author John Armbruster will explain this real-life event with video, slideshow and book readings.

Details

Date:
July 5
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Venue

Manitowish Waters Town Hall
5733 Airport Rd
Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 United States
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