3. I knew that Kate and Lillie, the protagonists in my book, Half-Truths, would have been in elementary school during World War II. Reading this book made the time period come alive for me and helped me think more deeply about how those shortages affected them.
WE BOUGHT A WWII BOMBER is the story of a dedicated group of junior and senior high students who raised more than $375,000 by selling War Bonds and War Stamps to purchase a B-17 bomber. The story begun in 1942 by a quiet student, Arthur Blackport, when he suggested that his fellow students at South High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan work together to purchase a Flying Fortress.
|Queen La Vonne Kronberg, Col. A.C. Faulk|
Mr. Henry Mulder, Mr. Harry Brown
but they also successfully raised money to buy an advanced trainer plane,
|Queen LaVonne Kronberg, Jean Endless, Velma Kling, Lucille Hice|
Barbara Northway, Margaret McCarthy AT-6A Advanced Trainer
as well as two disaster vehicles (which were a combination canteen, ambulance, and hospital car), and sixty-three fully equipped landing barges.
|U.S. Army Signal Corps photograph|
Gift in Memory of Maurice T. White
Collection of the National WWII Museum
For seventy years no one knew what happened to the plane. The students heard rumors, but no facts. But in 2012, at her Class of 1962 fiftieth South High reunion, a remark which Sandra Warren made about "Searching for the Spirit" prompted a fellow classmate, Joe Rogers, to start digging for the truth.
Joe uncovered the fate of "The Spirit of South High" which enabled Sandra to write this story.
|WWII USAAF aviation plug socket FOUND by|
John Reynolds, May 3, 2015 at the crash site,
Meadows of Dan, Virginia
Click here for a FOX news interview with Sandra Warren about the book.
Sandra's attention to detail made this period come alive for me and I hope the book will inspire you. I am happy to give away my autographed copy of WE BOUGHT A WWII BOMBER. Please leave me a comment by 6 PM on Thursday, January 21 and your email address if you are new to this blog. PLUS--if you are in or near Central Florida, Sandra is speaking at the World War II study club on January 29 at the Colony Recreation Center in The Villages from 1-3 PM. Come on by and meet the author!