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Online Book & Author: “Lightning Down: A World War II Story of Survival”

November 17, 2022 | 6:30pm CDT


Join us in discussion with #1 New York Times bestselling author Tom Clavin as he makes his literary return to the aerial battlefields of WWII to tell a harrowing and unforgettable story of heroism and human endurance in his latest book, Lightning Down: A World War II Story of Survival.

Based on a true and largely untold story, Lightning Down is an inspiring saga of American WWII fighter pilot Joe Moser who endured unspeakable horrors when his plane was shot down over Nazi-occupied France. Captured immediately, Moser’s journey into hell began  with  imprisonment in Buchenwald concentration camp. Only a desperate plan would save him and his courageous comrades.  

Reservations required.

This project was partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Office of Tourism.

Lester & Edward Anixter Family Foundation

Larry and Carol Levy

Laurie and Phillip Gerber & Family


David Hiller
Judith and William Rader & Family

Additional Funders

Amy and Gary Bazelon
Golder Family Foundation
Michael and Debbie Strauss
Barbara and Victor Weisskopf

Media Partners

Community Partners: Charlie Company, 2- 330th Engineers, 95th Division of U.S Army Reserve Drill Sergeant Unit, Arlington Heights; Honor Flight Chicago; Illinois Department of Jewish War Veterans of the USA

Ghost Army: The Combat Con Artists of World War II was produced by The National World War II Museum.

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