New book tells the riveting story of Jimmy Escalle, a U.S. fighter pilot who became missing in action during the Korean War.
Bakersfield, CA (PRnine – August 15, 2013) – “Unforgotten Hero: Remembering a Fighter Pilot’s Life, War and Ultimate Sacrifice” tells the captivating life story of Second Lieutenant Jimmy L. Escalle, a U.S. Air Force fighter pilot who became missing in action during the Korean War.
Born in Fresno, California, but raised in the small farming community of Earlimart in Tulare County, Jimmy’s story unfolds during the Great Depression when many people around the country had a hard time finding work. According to the author, Jim Escalle, “As the story develops, you will read about what it was like growing up in a small farming town in California’s San Joaquin Valley during the 1930s and 1940s. There is mention of a Japanese-American family being taken to an internment camp, and German POWs doing farm labor in the same potato fields where Jim and his brother worked.”
Called to serve his country after the Korean War began, Jimmy’s childhood dream became a reality when he joined the Air Force and got the opportunity to fly the F-86 Sabre, regarded as the most advanced jet fighter of its time. Soon after arriving in Korea he went on his first missions, which were MiG Alley sweeps. However, since Jim was assigned to a fighter-bomber squadron, the majority of his combat missions were air-to-ground, which were considered to be the most dangerous missions.
“In Korea, more pilots had been killed or listed as missing in action due to being shot down by ground fire rather than enemy aircraft. For Jimmy, this fact was realized only five weeks before the armistice was signed. He paid the ultimate price for freedom when he disappeared while on a combat mission over North Korea and was never seen or heard from again,” notes Escalle.
The book recants the life story of one example of the thousands who answered the call to serve their country during the Korean War. The goal of the book is for readers to never forget them or the sacrifices they made for freedom.
About the Author
Jim is the nephew of 2nd Lt. Jimmy L. Escalle. Jim Escalle was born and raised in the San Joaquin Valley town of Delano, California. After attending the College of the Sequoias in Visalia, he went on to receive a degree in Liberal Studies from Fresno State in 1983. He has been involved in public education for over 25 years. Jim currently lives in Bakersfield, California. “Unforgotten Hero: Remembering a Fighter Pilot’s Life, War and Ultimate Sacrifice” is his first book.
To learn more about “Unforgotten Hero: Remembering a Fighter Pilot’s Life, War and Ultimate Sacrifice” please visit Jim’s website at http://www.unforgottenhero.net
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