Dennis Okerstrom: The Final Mission of Bottoms Up

Park University English professor Dennis R. Okerstrom tells the story of the men who flew Bottoms Up on her final mission, and of an American pilot turned prisoner of war after he was gunned down over Croatia.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
2:00pm @ Central Library

The Final Mission of Bottoms Up tells the story of Lee Lamar, an American pilot turned prisoner of war after his B-24J Liberator was gunned down in 1944 over Croatia during World War II.

A professor of English at Park University, Dennis Okerstrom writes about the crash of Bottoms Up and explains how Lamar, a Missouri farm boy turned pilot, spent the coldest winter in a century in a stalag on the Baltic Sea – and then returned to the crash site more than 60 years later, seeking closure.

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