Skip to comments.A stricken Allied bomber-German ace sent to shoot it down+truly-inspiring story of wartime chivalry
Posted on 07/20/2013 4:16:58 AM PDT by nuconvert
*Luftwaffe pilot Lt Franz Stigler refused to shoot down near-destroyed Allied bomber
*Instead he guided stricken pilot Lt Charlie Brown to safety
*A phone call led to a tearful reunion of the two World War II veterans
The lone Allied bomber was a sitting duck. Holed all over by flak and bullets and down to a single good engine, it struggled simply to stay in the air over Germany, let alone make it the 300 miles back to England.
(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...
>>Somehow the pilot, 20-year-old Lt Charlie Brown, still clung to the controls and the last vestiges of hope.<<
Wasn’t Snoopy supposed to be the one who tangles with the Red Baron, not Charlie Brown?
Great read thanks for posting.
Excellent story. I will buy the book and look forward to the movie.
Great story...has always - found in a British paper...the US news is too busy running lies and race bait for the POTUS to take the time to share something like this...
Actually, the book was published last year already in the US. It is available on Amazon in paper or Kindle format, the later for only $3.99.
There are more stories like this around, but some will never get published, because the players are dying out. Many people never quite get a chance to write out their life experiences. The younger generations are generally not interested until it is too late.
I know the men I served with - and I remember the ones that lost their lives in Iraq (17) - some stories are personal and I remember them...maybe I’ll write them one day with the photo’s I took...but with the state of mind that kids have today - most don’t have nor will have any desire to read about a war in some far flung desert hole that we called Central South...
Wonderful story - thanks for posting.
The final lines were especially intriguing - Tom Stoppard is (IMHO) the premier contemporary playwright in the English language, a master of clever dialogue, among other things. I’m really curious to see what he’ll do with this story - it seems so different than the sort of stuff he usually does (how do you do witty dialogue with a fighter pilot alone in his cockpit or in bomber full of shot-up, desperate airmen?)
You lost 17 troops in MND-CS? Were you in the 3rd AD?
“but with the state of mind that kids have today - most dont have nor will have any desire to read about a war in some far flung desert hole that we called Central South...”
I loved to read the World War II novels in the public library when I was in Jr. High School. Unfortunately they have been discarded for ‘more timely’ books.
It’s time to bring back the books about real heros and reclaim history.
the German military was not all behind satanic hitler
no - I was the ops chief for the US REO - I knew them - some where my team mates - others were Army assigned there or I had met with during security meetings - or with other PSD companies...but at one time or another - I joked with them - drank coffee with them - ate breakfast...the normal day...then most were killed by IED’s - an entire little bird was shot down - that had 2 of my mates on board (G-man and Rooster)...the last one - before I left was Iraqi General Qais - I watched the aftermath from him being assassinated outside the REO - he was on his way in for a security meeting...then I watched his 2nd in command (Abbas) clean house for a week...didn’t have many problems after that...
The Daily Mail is one of the best newspapers in the world. They cover in depth the stories that American Newspapers refuse to print. If you want to know what is really going on in America, you have to go across the pond and read it in the Daily Mail.
i always feel embarrassed around those guys - the ones in WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam...they had nothign but themselves - when we entered Iraq for the 2nd time - we had everything - so many conveniences it was awesome...we had 31 Favors Ice Cream in the middle of the Kuwaiti dessert! Sat TV, Sat commo, Blue force tracker, laptops - high speed internet,,etc...the dangers were real - -but it seemed these guys fought not knowing what was going on in the world because they din’t have instant commo - that’s a lot of stress!
Nice humane story, thanks for a good positive story.
NOw back to death taxes and bad gub mint.
There *was* decency to be found among enemy soldiers.Perhaps not a lot,but some.I remember seeing a documentary about Australian POWs of the Japanese in which several Aussies told of how brutal most of their captors were but that there was an occasional guard who gave them extra food,etc.They said that by doing that those guards were placing themselves at enormous personal risk if they had been discovered by their commanders.
If common sense prevailed, he would order everyone to bail out and leave the B-17 Flying Fortress to its fate. He and the crew would parachute to safety, prisoners of war but alive. But that would mean leaving an unconscious man behind to die alone, and Brown refused to do that.
It is hard for me to imagine the 20 year olds of today having the courage and the selflessness to stick it out and pilot a plane full of wounded back to England under such circumstances.
Most of the young ones today simply think of themselves first last and always.
A man may be tempted to fight dirty to survive, but honour is everything. You follow the rules of war for you, not for your enemy. You fight by rules to keep your humanity. So you never shoot your enemy if he is floating down on a parachute. If I ever see you doing that, I will shoot you down myself.
Good words. Good sentiments. And a nearly forgotten word; honor.
This is today it seems an archaic idea this notion of honor. I know I see precious little evidence of it in our countrys leadership. I certainly see no mention of it in most of the products of the entertainment industry. The cheap imitations of the concept you do see is typically of the Leftist variety where some evil industrialist is stopped from polluting the environment by a green warrior.
I am often tempted to despair for the survival of the Republic.
“Most of the young ones today simply think of themselves first last and always.”
The pre 1960s generations were products of their upbringing. Sadly, the generation you describe today is also a product of their upbringing.
Prior generations studied real history, civics and the humanities. Today they study Kim Kardashian, Dancing with the Stars and Facebook.
We will all suffer their ignorance in myriad ways.
I’ve read of this story before. I hope they do it justice if the movie is ever completed.
I see precious little evidence of it in those who piss on the corpses of enemy dead. And in those who condone it.
I directed my post against the young people I see around me who waste their lives away playing video games and watching TV soft porn while living in their parents houses well in to their thirties.
The very young men chronicled in this book bare no resemblance to the young men I see around be on a daily bases. I do know young men who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and I respect them greatly. One I know will never be the same because of repeated head injuries he received in Afghanistan. I grieve for his family and him for their lives can never be what they should have been.
But the youths that I speak of see these men and remark that they were stupid to go and that these heroes have wasted their lives. What I find most damning of all is that they consider themselves patriots.