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ABOVE AND BEYOND highlights one of the most compelling escape and survival stories from World War II - that of former Rhode Island Governor Bruce Sundlun (1920-2011). Sundlun, a U.S. Army Air Corps pilot, flew a B-17 bomber nicknamed the 'Damn Yankee' on a dozen combat missions during World War II. On December 1, 1943, Sundlun's 'unlucky' 13th mission would take him (a Jewish-American) and his crew into Hitler's backyard - the heart of Germany's industrial Ruhr Valley. ABOVE AND BEYOND unfolds as Sundlun's daughter Kara retraces his wartime journey. In Jabbeke, Kara meets author and local historian Luc Packo, as well as witnesses to her father's plane crash, who still celebrate Sundlun's contribution to their country's liberation.

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