In 1944 four American fighter pilots must
survive three hundred hours of deadly aerial combat to complete their tour of duty in a
P-47 dive bomber squadron in England during World War II.
Boston, MA (PRWEB) February , 2004 --
During WWII author Jim Stallings father kept a diary during his 300 combat hours and
81 missions as a decorated P-47 fighter pilot in England. This new book "Hunters In
The Fog" celebrates and honors his father and mothers participation in that
difficult time. What they bravely accomplished is simply timeless and echoes universal,
archetypal narrative. In the case of Western literature their story is a version of the
ancient tale of Ulysses, his survival in the Trojan war, and his difficult
odyssey to come home again.
The screenplay Hunters in the
Fog looks into the mysteries of luck and fate in war. Why is it certain pilots,
regardless of their refined skills in war, fall victim to death, chopped short in youth?
Stallings father turns over that question in his diary. He notes the near misses to
himself and other pilots, the mysterious accidents, the horror of fiery death and the
strange beauty and suspense of aerial warfare. With his advice, and inspired in part by
the classic characters of Dumas The Three Musketeers, this father-son team fashioned
a similar set of actors who must survive 300 hours of deadly aerial combat to complete
their tour of duty.
My hands began to sweat, Jim
Stallings said, while I was transcribing my fathers combat diary. It suddenly
hit me looking at his handwritten daily entries. He didnt know if hed ever
live to write the next days mission in this diary. He didnt know for sure
whether he would ever see his recently married wife. And if he hadnt survived, I
wouldnt be writing this.
But in fact, while his father did survive
as a decorated P-47 dive bomber pilot, and go on to serve a full career reaching into the
Viet Nam War, more than 50 pilots in his squadron were lost during his six month combat
tour in England. Some survived as P.O.W.s or were rescued by the Resistance, but
many were killed in action.
From this understated diary, Jim
Stallings with his fathers expert consultation went on to craft and improvise a
riveting screenplay that captures the dramatic highs and lows, on the ground and in deadly
aerial combat, that are emblematic of these brave air warriors.
Jim Stallings is an anthropologist,
fiction writer, and a senior news editor with Thomson Dialog. He is also the author of
Tales for Commuters & Other Time Travelers (stories) and Neon Nirvana (novel). He
lives with his wife Laurie, an artist and editor, near Boston.
5220 S. 16th St, Suite 200, Lincoln, Nebraska 68512
Phone: 1-877-823-9235 (toll free)
Hunters In the Fog: War Diary to Screenplay
ISBN: 0-595-29841-9 (paper); 0-595-66064-9 (hardcover)
author website at: http://www.jimstallings.com