New book tells harrowing World War II adventure
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New book by local resident tells harrowing World War II adventure
Book signing event set for June 16 at Keokee Books
As a boy growing up, David Mundell remembers being enthralled by his father’s stories of his experiences in World War II – and they were extraordinary, by any measure.
A radio operator in the Eighth Army Air Corps, Robert Mundell’s B-24 bomber was shot down over Italy on his first combat sortie in 1943. He managed to bail out of the flaming plane and parachute to safety but was captured and became a prisoner of war. After a month in captivity Mundell escaped and spent another month in the Italian countryside eluding enemy forces. He eventually made his way back to England and landed duty stateside for the remainder of the war.
Robert Mundell’s tales of harrowing adventures in the war made an impression on his son. Many years later, with his father in his 70s, David decided to get his father’s experiences in writing before they were lost forever. Over a period of four years David interviewed his father while simultaneously researching military records.
The result has now been published in a new book, “Time To Get Out: Recollections of a World War II B-24 radio operator, POW and escapee.” As told to David, it is Robert Mundell’s first-person account of his experience augmented with his son’s research plus photos, detailed aircraft diagrams, maps and personnel lists. Produced locally with the help of Keokee Publishing, the paperback is available now at Vanderford’s, The Corner Book Store, online at Amazon.com, as well as at KeokeeBooks.com. The hardcover is available exclusively at KeokeeBooks.com.
In his first book launch event David Mundell will be signing copies of “Time To Get Out” at Keokee Books, 405 Church St, on Thursday, June 16 from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm. Everyone is invited.
More than a tribute of father by son, the Mundells’ book provides a window into one man’s service in World War II and provides a notable first-person addition to the literature of the greatest war of the century.
Robert Mundell died in 1995; David Mundell had long before followed his father’s footsteps to a 31-year career in the airlines as a commercial pilot flying a variety of aircraft including the Boeing 777. He retired to Sandpoint in 2010.
For more information, contact:
David Mundell, phone 307-200-1065 or email [email protected]