The Man Who Almost Lost Everything by, sean schouten (based on True events from WWII)

Andre was only 23 years old when this started. He was in the USAAF for about 7-8 years. He knew the basics of flying very well, after all, he was one the best pilots. He flew the Bell P-39 Airacobra fighter plane.

After the attacks at Pearl Harbor, (a surprise attack by the Japenese Empire, consisting of about two hours of bombing) he was assigned to a carrier in a retaliatory strike in an effort to weaken their intent to take over the world. Andre went on the carrier and had a very bad feeling. He didn't know why, though. Halfway to Japan, the carrier was being shot at. The Japanese were attacking the carrier with a small gunboat. The U.S. ships surrounding them destroyed the small gunboat and kept going. They finally got to Japan and he climbed into his P-39 Airacobra and went to fight. While there, he was shot down, knocked unconscious, and shipped to the U.S.S.R. (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics).

Andre woke up and was confused. He remembered going to fight, being shot down, then... he didn't know. He heard someone talking in Japanese, though he only knew a little. "How far are we?" said the first man. "Not far from Russia." said what must have been the pilot. "Okay, this rat here will have a hard time, ha, ha!" said the first man. He blacked out again.

When he woke up, he was in a cell. He saw a U.S.S.R. flag outside of his cell. He knew he was going to be starved, labored, and tested. He was scared, lonely, and hopless. He knew he wasn't going home, he knew it. A week in and he was already near dying. Andre was nearly starving. The Soviets only gave him a piece of bread, some cheese, and the tiniest, little bit of water for lunch. He was so weak, he could barely stand up in the morning. He had a small bookshelf in the corner with only Russian dictionaries. Andre chose to learn Russian, even with all the terrible things that were happening to him. Russian became a fluent language for him. Andre heard a very large explosion. He saw a whole bunch of American soldiers coming through a wall. They got him out, and he couldn't believe it.

The American soldiers got them out and got back them to America. Andre felt that he was so thankful to still be alive. But the war was still going on. He needed to be ready.

He had really gotten back to America! He thought it was unbelievable. But he chose to train, harder than he ever had before, because he wanted to get back to the Nazi's and destroy them. Andre trained even harder than any other pilot. Commander Townsend was impressed. "Keep training that hard and I'll grant you a promotion!" said Commander Townsend. "Thank you, Commander." said Andre. He got a different plane, the Bell P-59 Airacomet. It is a jet fighter plane. He also got the promotion from Commander Townsend. He was now a Captain. He kept training, and training, and training. Now, he is the best in the entire rank he was in. He felt as ready as ever.

D-Day, a major battle. The Invasion of Normandy was a large success for the Allies. Andre will never forget this.

Sadly, Andre wasn't assigned to use his new Airacomet, but rather as a paratrooper. He was fine with that, though. They left to go to Normandy, France to invade with other forces and get the Nazi's out of the area. Although many other American soldiers were already there, they needed to help out. When they got there he jumped out with many other soldiers to stop the Nazi's. He remembered all the things he did, all the training and hard labor. The Nazi's were going to take his anger. He pledged to fight to his last breath. And he did.
Andre went to war. He killed more Nazi's than many other soldiers. And he kept going through them. Andre was starting to get tired by the end of the day, but he kept going. By the end of the next day, he needed sleep. And he got it. He slept for three hours, then went back to war. He repeated that for until June 24, because he got shot. He got shot in the stomach. He struggled to get back. When he did they took him in, he was barely alive. But they took care of him.
When Andre woke up, he was in a lot less pain. "Is it over? The invasion?" said Andre. "Yes, Captain." said Commander Townsend. "We won, not the war yet. But we won." said Commander Townsend. "Good, I'm looking forward to this to be over." said Andre. "Me too, Captain. they said the World War One was the war to end all wars. But it did nothing." said Commander Townsend. When Andre was healed, he went back to war. And he never forgot what happened.

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