Novelist finds his P-38

Fact will meet fiction — or is it the other way around? — when Minnesota novelist and Vietnam veteran Craig MacIntosh appears Saturday at the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center in Superior to discuss his latest work: “The Last Lightning.”

Figuring prominently in the adventure story is an “ill-fated P-38 lost during the War that has become the focus of a modern-day recovery effort … but the recovery effort is more than meets the eye,” according to a publicist for MacIntosh’s novel set in Papua, New Guinea.

That explains MacIntosh’s choice to appear at the Bong, which houses a real-life P-38 Lightning from World War II. You can see the plane and hear the author at 10 a.m. Saturday at the center, 205 Harbor View Parkway, Superior.

(An interesting sidenote: MacIntosh recently retired from drawing the Sally Forth cartoon strip, which appears in the News Tribune.)

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