A Distant Prayer, with Joseph Banks
Europe, 1944 —
World War II Initially, air-service crews were required to complete twenty-five missions before returning to the United States. By the time we arrived, the number of missions had increased to fifty. The mortality rate was so high that they just couldn’t bring in new crews fast enough . . . Fifty missions is an unbelievable number, and there was such a high injury and kill rate that it almost wasn’t worth calculating. This is the remarkable true story of Joseph Banks, a young Latter-day Saint and lone survivor of his plane that was shot down during a dangerous bombing run over Germany on his 49th mission — one mission away from going home. A prisoner of war, Joseph overcame impossible odds to mount a miraculous escape and return safely to his wife and young son.
Ronald R. Caruso
Joe’s war experiences were amazing, unbelievable, and moved me to tears. It is endured. I felt his faith and beliefs as he pressed forward, and it was evident there was help given from a divine source. Gripping story and it held me captive.
Heartrending, yet informative and uplifting. Because of Joe, and others like him, I will no longer take for granted the freedom we enjoy in America.