Back From 44 - The Sacrifice and Courage of a Few

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1940s & '50s

Nick Cressy

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Back From 44 is a historical fiction based on the real-life accounts of those who have lived and fought during WWII. It is a story of courage of the men who did extraordinary things. It also a story of sacrifice, the ones that they have to leave behind and the things they were willing to risk. It is a story of loss in a time and situation where death abounds but none of them less painful to their friends and loved ones. More importantly, it is a story of gain. The heroism of those who put their own safety and lives aside has earned their country the freedom that it is able to enjoy until today. This story is told from the perspective of SSgt Nick Bentas. The author interviewed Nick Bentas’ best friend, other officers and crew veterans who worked with him to capture a life lived by a real person in a significant fraction of time not just for Bentas but also for the world.



Short Summary

Nick Bentas, Staff Sergeant US Army Air Force, finds himself in a severely crippled B-26 Marauder, trying to return to base, he remembers the different times in his life that led him up to this point. From enlistment to basic training to saying goodbye to his new wife, he remembers his deadly missi


United States, Sardinia, COrsica, France during WWII.

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise


Plot - Other Elements

,One of many stories of brave men of the US Army Air Forces in WWII.

Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence

Main Character Details

Name: Nick Bentas, Staff Sergeant US Army Air Forces 1942-45. Character is the authors uncle, KIA in WWII.

Age: 22

Gender: Male

Role: Logical

Key Traits: Skillful, Aspiring, Adventurous, Confident, Engaging, Heroic, Honorable, Masculine,Heroic,Selfless,Patriotic,Adventurous

Additional Character Details

Name: Various others include high school friends and crew mates of the Army Air Forces unit.

Age: 20

Gender: Male

Role: Logical

Key Traits: Adventurous, Confident, Honorable, Masculine, Patriotic, Aspiring, Empathetic, Faithful, Funny, Heroic, Selfless,Patriotic,Outspoken,Funny,Heroic

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About The Author

Retired from the U.S. Army as a full Colonel with an undergraduate degree from Northwood University, and a graduate degree from Central Michigan University, both in business management. Military background included enlisted time in the U.S. Air Force trained in aircraft weapons and munitions loading from 1971 to 1975 and the Michigan Air National Guard from 1977 to 1978. Civilian sector experience included senior staff and leadership positions in the oil and gas industry and healthcare administration. Received a direct commission in the U.S. Army (Reserve) Medical Service Corps serving from 1991 to 2012. United States assignments included service in Texas, Colorado, Hawaii, Virginia, North Dakota and Michigan. Served overseas in the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Bahrain, Kuwait and Afghanistan. Currently working as a Docent Volunteer (since July 2015) for the National Museum of WWII Aviation in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54,18-34,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Story would appeal to aviation and history enthusiasts of WWII.

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Year Published: 2014

Hard Copy Available



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