Author Larry Smith’s New Book “Trouble” is the World War II Memoir of Robert Sweatt, a Waist Gunner Whose B-24 Liberator was Shot Down Over Nazi-occupied France in 1944

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The recent release from Page Publishing titled "Trouble", by author Larry Smith, is an engaging account of the wartime experiences of an American airman as the lone survivor of his B-24 Liberator crew. The recollections of Robert Sweatt, his peers in the US military, and the family and friends of the French citizens who sheltered him from the Nazis at tremendous personal risk tell a compelling story and honor those who were lost in countless battles during the Second World War.

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Larry Smith, an electrical engineer with a productive career in the electronics industry, has completed his book “Trouble”: a riveting true story of wartime miracles, the indomitable spirit and kindness of the French people, and the quiet heroism of ordinary people in extraordinary times.

This is a true story about a miraculous journey filled with antics of young men in the USAAF as well as many deadly encounters and near misses. The B-24 Liberator nicknamed ‘Trouble’ was one of five bombers that were shot down over Nazi-occupied France on January 7, 1944. Sergeant Robert Sweatt, a waist gunner, was wounded in several places, including a nick to his jugular vein, but survived the initial attack and the plane’s explosion in midair, which knocked him unconscious. Bob regained his senses as he fell and was able to open his parachute. There are many more details of this story that are almost unbelievable. Read and enjoy.

Sergeant Robert Sweatt explains his thoughts as he wakes while falling, “No matter how much I try, I don't believe that I will be able to accurately convey my feelings when I regained consciousness. In fact, at first I didn't believe that I WAS conscious. My first thought was ... so this is what it feels like to be dead. It was very peaceful, and I don't think I have ever been calmer in my life. I was comfortable, not too hot, not too cold, no pain, it was very quiet. I was slowly assessing myself. All in all, I was happy with most of my condition ... except that I couldn't see. I blinked my eyes ... yes, they moved, I could feel them move but it was still dark.

Wait a minute! MY EYELIDS MOVED? That isn't supposed to happen if I'm dead.”

Published by New York City-based Page Publishing, Larry Smith’s book entertains as it enlightens younger generations about the often-astonishing realities experienced by the men and women whose lives were irrevocably impacted by the Second World War.

Readers who wish to experience this engrossing work can purchase“Trouble” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon, Google Play, or Barnes and Noble. Readers may also visit for a short video.

For additional information or media inquiries, contact Page Publishing at 866-315-2708.

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