Delaware writer publishes WWII airman’s story

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Mission accomplished for a former World War II lead pilot and the first-time book author who chronicled his life.

Following about 100 hours of conversations over two years, Mitchell M. Topal turned 97-year-old Ray Firmani’s recollections into far more than a tactics-heavy review of combat actions and units involved. The work was designed to appeal to far more potential readers than a select audience.

What emerges in “Against All Odds — The Ray Firmani Story” is a tale of an ordinary man from Delaware living in a time when fulfilling one’s duty came first among all other significant challenges.

Thus, the subtitle “A True Story of Combat, Heroism and Love in World War II” applies.

“I tried to make it more personal from the perspective of a citizen-soldier because some military books will put you to sleep,” Mr. Topal said.

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