THIS IS YOUR CAPTAIN SPEAKING
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Look carefully at the B-17 and note how shot up it is - one engine dead, tail, horizontal stabilizer and nose shot up. It was ready to fall out of the sky. (This is a painting done by an artist from the description of both pilots many years later.) Then realize that there is a German ME-109 fighter flying next to it. Now read the story below. I think you'll be surprised..... Back to While Waiting
BF-109 pilot Franz Stigler. Back to While Waiting
B-17 pilot Charlie
Aware that they had no idea where they were going, Franz waved at Charlie to turn 180 degrees. Franz escorted and guided the stricken plane to, and slightly over, the North Sea towards England. He then saluted Charlie Brown and turned away, back to Europe .
When Franz landed he told the CO that the plane
had been shot down over the sea, and never told the truth to anybody. Charlie
Brown and the remains of his crew told all at their briefing, but were ordered
never to talk about it. More than 40 years later, Charlie Brown wanted to find the
Luftwaffe pilot who saved the crew. After years of research, Franz was found. He
had never talked about the incident, not even at post-war reunions.
They met in the USA at a 379th Bomber
Group reunion, together with 25 people who are alive now - all because Franz
never fired his guns that day.
When asked why he didn't shoot them down, Stigler later said,
"I didn't have the heart to finish those brave men. I flew beside
them for a long time. They were trying desperately to get home and I was
going to let them do that. I could not have shot at them. It would
have been the same as shooting at a man in a parachute." Both men
died in 2008.
This is a true story http://www.snopes.com/military/charliebrown.asp
THIS WAS BACK IN THE DAYS WHEN THERE WAS HONOR IN BEING A WARRIOR.
THEY PROUDLY WORE UNIFORMS, AND THEY DIDN'T HIDE IN AMBUSH INSIDE A MOSQUE,
OR BEHIND WOMEN AND CHILDREN, NOR DID THEY USE SUICIDE BOMBERS TO
TARGET AND KILL INNOCENT CIVILIANS. HOW TIMES HAVE CHANGED.
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