A Missouri Aviator's Struggles During WWII Detailed at Kansas City Public Library

For Immediate Release:
October 25, 2011
Contact: Steven Woolfolk
816.701.3698
A Missouri Aviator's Struggles During WWII Detailed at Kansas City Public Library

p>The Kansas City Public Library hosts author Dennis Okerstrom for a discussion of his book, The Final Mission of Bottoms Up, on Sunday, November 6, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

em>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 in search of closure.

Admission is free. RSVP online or call 816.701.3407. Free parking is available at the Library District Parking Garage at 10th & Baltimore.

Major funding for programs at the Kansas City Public Library is provided by a generous grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.