Introducing Donald F. Kilburg, Jr., author of Hitler’s Last Christmas: The Day the Entire Mighty 8th Air Force Entered the Battle of the Bulge

“The overall experience exceeded my expectations.”

Donald F. Kilburg, Jr. is a retired business executive whose interest in history has led him to research and write numerous published articles about events of World War II. He is a member of the 487th Bomb Group Association and serves on its Board. A charter member of the World War II Museum, he is also a member of the National Museum of the Mighty 8th Air Force, the Eighth Air Force Historical Society, and the National Museum of the Air Force.

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Book description…

Christmas Eve 1944 The Greatest Day in the History of Aerial Warfare. The events of World War II have been studied, analyzed and documented extensively. Yet, one of the greatest feats of aerial bombing warfare has been all but ignored. In Hitler’s Last Christmas, we revisit the Second World War and specifically Sunday, December 24, 1944-when the 8th Air Force launched the largest air armada in the history of warfare. It was a desperate effort by the Allies to support the troops hopelessly hunkered down in the frigid weather of the Battle of the Bulge. The eventual success of those beleaguered troops was to some great measure due to the success of that Christmas Eve air mission. The details of the 8th Air Force mission #760 were mis-filed shortly after the war and the magnitude of that day in December 1944 overlooked-until now. Hitler’s Last Christmas shares the accounts of the event both from the Air Force Archives and the memories of those brave flyers who participated in it.

Introducing Antonio R. Bazan, author of Warbird

“You exceeded my expectations!”

Antonio R. Bazán has practiced Criminal Law for the past 43 years. He initiated his professional career as a solo practitioner successfully representing a considerable number of murder cases. One of his closing arguments on behalf of a defendant was permanently included in Jacob Stein’s book “Closing Argument, The Art and The Law” as a “Specimen of Eloquence.” For the next three decades he worked as a federal prosecutor with the United States Attorney’s Office, District of Puerto Rico where he also tried a great number of cases involving violent deaths. In his tenure as a prosecutor he held the positions of Chief, Violent Crimes Unit, Chief, Death Penalty Unit and retired as a Senior Litigation Counsel. He has lectured to students at diverse universities and law schools and provided training to agents at several federal law enforcement agencies and the Puerto Rico Police Department. He was also selected to provide trial practice training to prosecutors in South America. The author is also an accomplished violinist and for several years during the Christmas season, with the help of a U.S. Magistrate and amateur musicians, presented the “Bring A Toy Concert” changing the atrium of the United States District Court into an improvised concert hall to collect quality Christmas presents for orphan children confined at various government institutions.

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Leopold, a middle age, workaholic prosecutor is sent on a forced vacation after two fellow agents are killed in action during a narcotics interdiction. In the midst of his recovery, he purchases a WW-II fighter aircraft for leisure flying and gets involved in a turbulent, short-lived romantic affair with Rita, a ravishing millionaire. Upon returning home to continue his professional endeavors, his aircraft is reassembled and he aids fellow ICE pilots in a new mission, where an unfortunate mistake leaves him charged with a death penalty eligible offense. Rita returns to his aid, but unwittingly brings Enzo Briganti, Leopold’s nemesis, to represent him in trial. To add to the already chaotic situation, Briganti reveals a scandalous conflict of interest, threatening to negatively affect the outcome of the trial.