Destined to Live: The Incredible Story of WWII Airman Wild Bill Scanlon

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By the time World War II airman William "Wild Bill" Scanlon was shot out of a B-17 and spirited to the safety of England by French Underground resistance fighters, the gutsy gunner had survived over 70 combat missions flown as a member of the air forces of three different countries.

"Destined to Live" tells the true story of a Chicago man who:
-- Joined the United States Cavalry at age 15;
-- Learned to fly fighter planes in the Canadian Royal Air Force;
-- Shot down seven confirmed Nazi fighters;
-- Flew tailgunner for Britain's Royal Air Force in such famous missions as the Thousand Bomber Raid and the Battle of the Ruhr;
-- Rode as a B-17 replacement funner in the U.S. Eighth Air Force;
-- Survived bullet and shrapnel wounds to the jaw, leg, hand and head as he fell into enemy territory Feb. 8, 1944;
-- Escaped through the French Underground network back to England;
-- And repeatedly beat the odds of combat to return home safely.

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Kristin Gilpatrick is a free-lance writer based in Monona, Wisconsin. She is the author of two prior books about World War II: "The Hero Next Door" and "The Hero Next Door Returns." Her research for "Destined to Live" included trips to England and France.

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