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with Scott Rank

How to Reach Allied Territory When Your Plane Is Shot Down in Nazi-Occupied France

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Lieutenant George W. Starks' worst fear came true when his B-17 was shot down over Nazi-occupied

France. Earlier that morning, the boyish 20-year-old and his crew were assigned to the most exposed

section of the bomber formation: the “coffin corner.” Now, scattered across the countryside of

Champagne, each of the B-17’s ten American crew members discarded his parachutes and began a

wartime trek. Some were hidden by heroic civilians, a few were saved by the French underground,

others fell into the hands of the Nazis, but all miraculously survived.

Carole Engle Avriett, joins me on the podcast today. She is author of the book Coffin Corner Boys:

One Bomber, Ten Men, and Their Harrowing Escape from Nazi-Occupied France to tell these

stories. She worked with Captain George W. Starks—now ninety-four years old—to bring them to

May 22, 2018
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Scott Rank is the host of the History Unplugged Podcast and a PhD in history who specialized in the Ottoman Empire and modern Turkey. Before going down the academic route he worked as a journalist in Istanbul. He has written 12 history books on topics ranging from lost Bronze Age civilizations to the Age of Discovery. Some of his books include The Age of Illumination: Science, Technology, and Reason in the Middle Ages and History’s 9 Most Insane Rulers.. Learn more about him by going to
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