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4/15/2002 World War II story will be focus of reading

McMINNVILLE – "Not as Briefed: From the Doolittle Raid to a German Stalag" will be the book reading Tuesday, April 30, at 7:30 p.m. in Jonasson Hall, the lower level of Melrose Hall at Linfield College.

Karen Morgan Driscoll will read from the book which she and her aunt, Dorothy Greening, compiled from the tapes and diaries of C. Ross Greening, Driscoll's uncle and Dorothy Greening's husband. The book features illustrations that Greening sketched and painted while a German POW.

Greening entered combat in April 1942, piloting a B-25 in the famous Doolittle bombing raid on Japan. A year later, his plane was shot down over Italy's erupting Mt. Vesuvius and he was held captive by Axis forces for 11 weeks, escaping when Allied bombers blew up the prison train on which he was riding. Although he evaded capture for more than six months, he was eventually caught and sent to a POW camp in Germany.

While a prisoner, Greening continued sketching, painting and writing about his and other prisoners' experiences. Near the war's end, the Allied prisoners seized control of the camp and Greening's invaluable items were safely brought out. Greening later recorded his experiences on tape and in writing. "Not as Briefed" is a compilation of his writings and recordings.

After the war Greening became a prominent spokesman for American prisoners of war by directing a national POW exposition tour. He remained in the Air Force and eventually became a U.S. air attaché to Australia and New Zealand.

The reading is free, open to the public and sponsored by Linfield's Northup Library and the Friends of the McMinnville Public Library. For more information, call 503-883-2517.