Whether it's a conversation with a friend, a word that is penned, or a craft that is made, everything we do leaves a stitch in the fabric of time. Join us as we investigate the stitches of the past and present...
"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: ... a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak" (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7).
During World War II, hundreds of American bombers and fighters were shot down
over Germany and German-occupied territory. What did the Germans do with all
The Berge Bataillonen under Luftwaffe control were salvage units. They were
kept very busy.
planes were so damaged, they were good only for reusable scrap. The wrecks were
trucked to a train station and on to a salvage yard. Engines, tires, fuel, and
parachutes were all saved for use in German planes. A Junkers bomber was
equipped with the salvaged main landing gear assemblies for B-24s.
The American stars have been replaced with the German insignia six months after Wolf Hound was captured.
The real prizes for the Germans were the planes that suffered little or no
damage. As early as December, 1942, a B-17 Flying Fortress dropped out of
formation in a mission to Paris. Wolf Hound had sustained
major damaged, and the pilot became disoriented in bad weather. A German
fighter intercepted the bomber over the Netherlands. The bomber crew lowered
their landing gear in surrender and were guided to an airfield.
The Germans made repairs on Wolf Hound and flew it to the
Experimental Center at Rechlin. German engineers studied every system on the
plane for three months. Luftwaffe pilots studied it to find its weaknesses to
find ways to attack it, and develop new tactics. By September, the Luftwaffe
has thousands of pages of technical information to use in the design of their
own bombers and to improve their air-to-air tactics.
Some planes were captured when the crews thought they were in neutral
countries―Spain, Sweden, or Switzerland. Or they landed carefully to protect
seriously wounded crewmates. These planes were sent to Captured Item Depots.
Unique equipment was studied.
American crewmen reported seeing unknown B-17s. These were captured bombers
used by the Germans for clandestine missions, such as dropping agents behind
enemy lines or attacking B-17 formations.
first P-47 came into German hands when the pilot, out of fuel, thought he was
landing at a southern England airfield. He landed near Caen, France, and was
captured. This plane was of great interest to the German pilots. It proved to
be faster in dives than they expected. Again, it was used for training in
tactics to use against the American P-47s.
A German officer inspects a B-17 in fairly good condition. Allied fighters destroyed it before it could be repaired.
The Germans were also pleased to get a P-51. The pilot had made an emergency
landing and managed to destroy all valuable equipment before capture. The
Luftwaffe attempted to repair it, but was hampered by the lack of spare parts.
Other P-51s came into their possession, and these, too, were studied to develop
The Italians captured a P-38 Lightning that landed at one of their airfields by
mistake. They studied it, then used it to attack a B-17 formation. One bomber
was shot down. Allied fighters were ordered to stay clear of the formation
after that, and the captured plane failed to shoot down any more. It was
eventually grounded because the bad Italian fuel damaged its
A B-24 Liberator was captured after it landed near the Swiss board. The Germans
created a propaganda film about the crew “surrendering.” They then used it to
shadow RAF formations.
planes were recaptured by the Allies at the end of the war. Others simply
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Both rebels in their own way, Josie and Jerry Patterson must
figure out how to keep the other's love...and keep the German enemy at bay.
She has two loves—her skating and Jerry, her husband. But
when he returns home looking like a skeleton trying to return to life, she's
scared. What happened in Germany to change a man so much? Has another woman
captured his heart?
Jerry has vowed to let Josie live her own glamourous
life...especially after what happened in Germany. But when his wife's life is
threatened, Jerry realizes he can't stand by and do nothing. Jerry has to risk
all for the very soul and life of himself—Josie.
These two damaged, rebellious people learn the hard way that
leaning on God instead of their own selves and abilities is the only true way
to love and happiness.
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Coming up this week:
Tuesday, 3/20: Germany Used Our Planes Against Us by Terri Wangard Wednesday, 3/21: Weaving Fact & Fiction with Amber Schamel Thursday, 3/22: Soul's Prisoner, A book review by Linda Shenton Matchett Friday, 3/23: Fun with Catherine Castle Saturday, 3/24: TBA
Hi again! Very excited today to introduce you to author C. E. Hilbert. Here is a little about her:
C.E. Hilbert is a Christian novelist who made her debut with The
Wooing of Jane Grey. Her second novel, From Scratch released in 2016. Her latest novel, Life on the Porcelain Edge, debuted November 2017. Her
writing career began when she had to wait a WHOLE week in between
Bookmobile visits. To fill the gap, she pulled out a pen and some paper
and began to jot down stories while she awaited the next round of books
delivered on wheels. And a passion began. She enjoys the
opportunity to share God's love through her writing in a tangible, real
and somewhat quirky way. She is convinced God has a sense of humor equal
to the size of His patience level! Outside of writing, she heads
up the youth program at her church and one of her greatest passions is
reaching young people on behalf of Christ. She is a sports fan
(bordering on nut) and is happiest at a hockey game when her team is
winning, a Spring Training baseball game soaking up the sun or at a
college football game cheering on a victory. She currently lives
in a 110+ year-old fixer upper with her dog Daisy and she believes that
life goes best with Jesus, a cute outfit and SportsCenter!
made you decide to become a writer?
I began telling
stories when I was very small, but kept my writing to myself until my job was
eliminated in 2009. I took the opportunity to focus on writing while I was
looking for long term employment. But I truly believe writing is a calling.
Whether I ever earn enough to write full time or never earn another dime, I am
compelled to write because it is the best way I can honor the gift God gave to
What is your favorite thing about
being an author?
I love living in another world. I like meeting the
characters, learning about their lives and seeing how the stories unfold.
love the delete button. With one button, a character’s bad choices can be
undone. Lives can be instantly shifted in a new direction. If only “real life”
was as easy.
Where did the inspiration for your
latest book come from?
was in between two cross country meets for two of the students in my youth
program. Instead of watching dozens of teens I didn’t know run for two hours I
went to Barnes & Noble and was walking through the aisles. I happened to
glance at the sign for the restroom and the opening line, “Tessa Tarrington’s
life was in the toilet” popped into my mind. I went home after the second race
and could barely type as fast as the words were flowing.
How does your faith and spirituality
work in with your writing?
believe that God inspires all things. I believe my writing is an offering to
God in response to the gift He has given me. I pray before each time I write
that God will be with me and that we will write the project together. It is my
prayer that the stories He shares with me will be written in such a way that
someone will meet Jesus through those words.
What do you want readers to come away with after reading
1. God is in control.
2. Life is only worth living with God, love, laughter and excellent baked
What is one of your favorite scenes
in Life on the Porcelain Edge?
One of my favorite scenes happens in the opening
chapter of Life on the Porcelain Edge. Tessa has to return to her high school
alma mater as a substitute teacher. On her first day, she runs into her
childhood nemesis, Ryland Jessup. The feeling of dread that washes over her at
the sound of his voice gives me the biggest chuckle.
When you are stressed, maybe a deadline’s approaching too
fast, what is your favorite snack food? Or so you have another way to cope?
I actually bake when I’m stressed. I bake and then I give
all (or most) of the baked goods away. When I hit a particularly rough patch of
writer’s block on my current novel I made up three new cookie recipes in a
weekend, took the cookies into the office and a co-worker looked at the boxes,
shook his head and asked, “Writer’s block?” It is impossible to worry if you
are elbow deep in butter.
If time and money were not a concern, what one skill would
you like to learn? I would
love to learn how to fly a helicopter. I’ve only been on a couple flights, but
each time the exhilaration of flying so freely in the air was like being a
bird. Definitely tops on my bucket list.
What is your favorite thing about
where you live?
Central Ohio has so many lovely small towns surrounding Columbus. We have
the advantage of living in a place where you feel like you know everyone, and
yet you have all of the cultural trappings of a large city.
What are you working on next?
I am working on a Christian Romantic Suspense called
“The Girls of Summer”. The story centers on two half-sisters who inherit their
father’s company, including a minor league baseball team, upon his death. The
older of the two sisters is running head first into the new living and working
environment, as she tries to escape the ties her mother has created for her
with the Russian Mafia.
Tessa Tarrington's life is swirling out of control. No job. No
apartment. Sick Dad...And she's back in high school! Teaching at her
Gibson's Run alma mater would be tolerable, except she's sharing
purgatory with her mortal enemy, Ryland Jessup. But eight years
post-high-school, and after tragedies she can barely understand, Ryland
no longer fits her mental image of the over-sized bully he once was. In
fact, much to her disgust, he's finding his way into her heart. After
the sudden death of his wife, Ryland hung up his professional shoulder
pads and picked up a whistle. Now he's focused on coaching the high
school football team and raising his daughter. The sudden return of his
childhood crush, Tessa Tarrington, has reawakened long-ago feelings. But
if God's giving him a second chance to impress Tessa, the Man Upstairs
has a funny way of showing it. Just when Tessa starts to lighten up,
Ryland's best friend returns. Will the always-irresistible Joey Taylor
stifle any hope Ryland has to ignite the dream of a relationship with