Thursday, April 30, 2009

WW ll Story



Great True Story

    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. Then realize that there is a German ME-109 fighter flying next to it.  Now read the story below.

 

 

 Charlie  Brown was a B-17 Flying Fortress pilot with the 379th  Bomber Group at Kimbolton,   England . His B-17  was called 'Ye Old Pub' and was in a terrible state,  having been hit by flak and fighters. The compass was damaged and they were flying deeper over enemy territory  instead of heading home to  Kimbolton.

 After  flying over an enemy airfield, a German pilot named  Franz Steigler was ordered to take off and shoot down  the B-17. When he got near the B-17, he could not  believe his eyes. In his words, he 'had never seen a  plane in such a bad state'. The tail and rear section  was severely damaged, and the tail gunner wounded. The top gunner was all over the top of the fuselage. The nose was smashed and there were holes  everywhere.

   Despite having ammunition, Franz flew to the side of the B-17  and looked at Charlie Brown, the pilot. Brown was scared and struggling to control his damaged and blood-stained  plane.

   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.

 

 

Research shows that Charlie Brown  lived in Seattle and Franz Steigler had moved to Vancouver , BC after the war. When they finally met they discovered they had lived less than 200 miles apart for the past 50 years.

   

 

 

  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 DID USE MENTALLY  RETARDED WOMEN AS SUICIDE BOMBERS TO TARGET AND KILL  INNOCENT CIVILIANS......HOW TIMES HAVE  CHANGED.....

Thanks Bud W.

 

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