Stephen Ambrose story true?

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Stephen Ambrose story true?

Post by Linkagain » 07 Jun 2021 00:02

Years ago i read Stephen Ambrose WW II History in which he claimed the following happened: In the summer of 1944 a USAC Major was about to be arrested for black market actitives; he stole a C-47 crashed landed in Normandy killed the co-pilot and is alleged to have escaped to the south of France dressed as a peasent with a box of diamonds.
Did this incident actually happened...or was it tale based in fact that became a good yarn....{No names of those involved or the source were given]

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Re: Stephen Ambrose story true?

Post by Carl Schwamberger » 16 Jun 2021 04:08

Was there a name, a unit, a date, any other details?

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Re: Stephen Ambrose story true?

Post by Takao » 16 Jun 2021 09:44

Ambrose never let facts get in the way of a good story.

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Re: Stephen Ambrose story true?

Post by rcocean » 16 Jun 2021 14:48

name the book.

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Re: Stephen Ambrose story true?

Post by Takao » 16 Jun 2021 17:00

I wonder if it is a variation of the Hesse jewel heist?

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Re: Stephen Ambrose story true?

Post by LineDoggie » 16 Jun 2021 19:39

likely based on the substantial numbers of US Deserters working black market rings in Paris after the Liberation.
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Re: Stephen Ambrose story true?

Post by Sid Guttridge » 16 Jun 2021 21:40

This story seems to be entirely hard-act-free and in a sourcing vacuum.

It is only worth pursuing if these omissions can be addressed.

Cheers,

Sid.

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Re: Stephen Ambrose story true?

Post by Linkagain » 25 Jun 2021 22:16

I think it was a history of the Normandy campaign I do remember reading that Ambrose claimed to it have gotten from a ex Military investigator..but no names were used --allegely the transport plane a DC-6 or DC 7 was crashed near the Normandy beachead...Possibly It was the Story The Wild Blue or his D Day history

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Re: Stephen Ambrose story true?

Post by thejester » 27 Jun 2021 20:52

The book was Citizen Soldiers - in the copy I used to own Ambrose noted the angry reaction he'd gotten about stereotyping Italian-Americans. If true the story shouldn't be that hard to track down, as the Colonel in question allegedly landed the C-47 on Utah beach at low tide after killing his co-pilot.

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Re: Stephen Ambrose story true?

Post by Linkagain » 05 Jul 2021 03:52

I did check the Aviaiton Safety databases and while there were some c-47 lost in N ormandy...and some fatlaties...Could not find any report that was vagely familier to Ambrose tale..... :roll:

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