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An act of chivalry by Bidass An act of chivalry by Bidass
For the little story : In December 1943, the 8th Air Force decided to launch a raid against Breme. In the 379th bombing group, the crew of the B-17F "Ye olde pub" were seriously damaged during the coming back from Breme. He has lost 1 engine, the front turrel was smashed and the right elevator was pulled of...The tail machingunner was killed... Therefore, there were lots of problem, the B17 was losing altitude and the others bombers... The skipper, Brown tried to maintain the other engines on... But he took the wrong direction... Going to the germany...
The german pilot Franz stigler, after shooting down two bombers went back to his airfield. But during the next alarm, people requested him to intercept the damaged bomber... Stigler was a bit tired after his last mission. When he wentnext to the bomber, watching the bravery of the crew of the "Ye olde Pub", decided to not shoot at the bomber... It would be too easy... He shows them the good path to come back in great britain, guide them... Then he went back to his base, saying that he had lost the bomber...

Sorry for my bad English

Technic : about 8 hours of digital painting...
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Matt2010 Featured By Owner 12 hours ago
Just got done reading "A Higher Call" by Adam Makos recently. Love your rendition of this event that ended with both Charlie Brown (the B-17 pilot) and Franz Stigler (the 109 pilot) becoming friends decades after the war. My only criticism of your artistic rendition is that at this point, the B17 had the entire area above the radio operator shot out and looking like it had been put through a "cheese-grater..." in the words of one of the B17 crew members. 

Still though, great work and props to bringing light to this incredible show of chivalry. :)
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cashellama Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  New member
beautiful story. love it!!
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Anzac-A1 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014
I've read about this. Apparently, Stigler actually escorted the B-17 all the way to the coast, to prevent German anti-aircraft guns from firing on it.
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xtremeit Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014
wow what a jackass!
My grandfather was a former member of the german Wehrmacht. And one of the thing that scarred him most during the war. Was when he was order to help look for survivors and removal of debris after a bombing of Hamburg in 1944,
after having cleared a street and removed several bodies there were kust in the ruins, a little boy came running screaming for help. and grabbed hold of my grandfather's sergeant and almost pulled him behind him. The little boy led them to a collapsed building. As turned out to be a temporary orphanage who held kids until they could be sent out on the countryside.
It had been struck by a direct hit, children had taken refuge in the basement. With the building that had collapsed over them.
It took them 3 hours of continuous work to dig down into the basement.
They found 23 children and one matron who all had died from lack of oxygen. there was an extra matron who had committed suicide, to give the kids more time. they found only two survivors, two young boys. one of them died 2 weeks later.

It has haunted him ever since, he thought about it at least once a day. if there were are way they could have saved them
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PokemonManiac9913 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014
That wasn't anything he could control. Back then it was drop the bomb and hope it hit it's intended target. I'm not defending Allied or Axis forces here. I'm just saying that a lot of that stuff happened because of the technology at the time
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Stargazer2112 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
I really like this.

It proves that even in the horrors of war, that there are those who do the right thing. No matter what side their on. :)

(Sorry for the extra cheesy sentence above, I just really like this!)  
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FreshThundergod Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Here are the Lyrics from a song about Franz Stigler:
From down below an enemy spotted
So hurry up, rearm and refuel
But through the Bombers damaged Airframe
See wounded Men, scared to their Bone
Look to the right, and the look again
and see the enemy in the Eye
No Bullets fly, spared by his Mercy
Escorted out, out of harms way
Fly, fighting fair, it's the code of the air
Brothers, Heroes, Foes
Killing Machine 
Honour in the sky
B17
Flying Home
Killing Machine
Said Goodbye to the cross he deserved
He risked his life two times that day
To save an unknown enemy
Escort to safety out of the Killzone
A short salut, then departed

Sabaton: No Bullets fly
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HungA06 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
Love the way you drew the clouds. you are so good with colors, the planes, backgrounds and everything! Each of your drawing/painting tells a story in its unique way. Love all your works!
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Oliver1388 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
true hero where the one how did things like this
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FamousDave420 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
This isn't the first time i heard this story. My wife, who is a hospice care giver, spent 16 months sitting with a WWII B-17 pilot, who would tell her his war stories. I got the opportunity to get to know him as well. This was one of the stories he shared. It wasn't his experience, but one of the crews he knew.

Thanks for your rendition of the story.

Dave
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DemonDogMarine1960 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
INNCORECT!! AFTER SEEING IT, IN HIS COMPASSION, HE DID NOT SHOOT IT DOWN!!
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DemonDogMarine1960 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
THIS IS THE GREATEST TALE OF CHILVARY, THOUGHT TO BE DEAD!!  THIS MAN TRULY DESERVES THE MEDAL OF HONOR FOR HIS COMPASSION!!
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t1m-50 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
The only problem...The Medal of Honor is an American award
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Pascal775 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
Your caps,Bro...
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Siveir Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
Not only a chivalry, but it also had to take some guts to do such a thing in Nazi controlled Germany... But after all, the first victims of nacizm were the Germans themselves...
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genuks Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
still what's happened to left wind of flying fortress ? never seen the debris...
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Shadowhawk1997 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This Is who the Germans were, Not demons but People.  Germans were patriots, fighting for their country.  Im not saying there weren't Evils in WWII But We have demonized the Germans to Much

This is True Heroism. Needless death is unnecessary 
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bigton Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014   Artist
A few bad apples spoil the bunch, as they say. See one bad and most assume the rest must be just as bad if not worse.
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Shadowhawk1997 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
agreed
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benracer Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
Happened to another bomber another time. The bomber was the B-24D of the 376th Bomb Group named Hitler's Coffin had bombed a major fuel source of Germany but was hit badly, losing 2 engines and the third nearly dying. Pilot was killed and the nose gunner took his place. On the way to Sweden, they flew a little too close to a town and drew flak and 2 BF109s were approaching the B-24 but then pulled away without firing a shot.
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Zektrannus25735 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Student Writer
I read the book on this event. Not only did Stigler show them the way back to Britian, he also flew along side The Pub over a german Flak battery, confusing the gunners long enough for the bomber to escape. In short, he escorted them out of Germany.
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TSMatchsticks Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
Who says Chivalry is dead?

Hats off to this guy, just shows that while nations might be at war we're all just people at the end of the day.
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fantasticdevonator Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
(Oh, and you did an amazing job with that painting ;D )
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fantasticdevonator Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A true pilot right there! Gute gemacht!
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tonystardreamer Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Now that IS and act of chivalry.
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SpleeSpree Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome story and awesome drawing! Man, those B-17's could take one hell of a pounding!
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springheel Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
I read both pilots met 50 years later or so... great picture!
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Skyeranger Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
Watched the story on youtube not so long ago and now I stmble over this picture of it ^^ and I like it, nicely done *thumbsup*
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genuks Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
krauts GO TO HELL!
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PokemonManiac9913 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
This picture is based off of a true story where a lone ME-109 pilot Franz Stigler was scrambled to shoot down a lone B-17 who was heading deeper into enemy territory but had the humanity to escort it back to allied controlled skies
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genuks Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
Oh ty for keeping me updated! have a beautiful day
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jackfutz Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Student Writer
Interesting story. Great picture too!
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Fall3NAiRBoRnE Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
Now that's an interesting story.
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TheKillerCobra Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
I love hearing stories like this, in a time of war and death there is still honor among men to do something respectful like this. Thank you for telling this and spreading it!
Also love the drawing combined with this story.
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Turbofurby Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Things like that prove that not all German soldiers during WWII were bad guys. Franz is one of those, giving the bomber crew mercy.
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Falket Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
your drawings are so impressive ! and your style is next to Romain Hugo ! congratulations they fits perfectly the story !
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NyanPuppy Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I absolutely love the Story, I haven't read the book about it yet (A Higher Call) But I'm sure that these men are running around in Heaven with their Airplanes and stuff. Hehe.
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AWB2012 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
MY ALL TIME FAVORITE PICTURE AND THE GREATEST GERMAN BASTARD OF ALL TIME!!! LONG MAY U LIVE, IN ETERNITY!!!
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ConnorSwift Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Cool picture and story man. I thought for a second that this was a true story, lol. But still, great little backstory bro.
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ForkTailedFox Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It is a true story.
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ConnorSwift Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
damn! Let it never be said that the Germans were all evil.
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ForkTailedFox Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I hear you.
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thelastlonewolf Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome drawing with amazing story behind it.
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Wardog11195 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Wow. Wow is all I could say, wow conveys all everything I would, could and should say. Touching story and a drawing that captures the moment and all the emotions. Absolute beast of a piece. :dalove:
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Pixel-pencil Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow, great work, and outstanding story! Amazing!
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skullleadernova01 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
soldier are soldiers, pilots are pilots.....trust me i can relate to something like this, im american soldier but my great uncle was a luwaffe pilot of a fuck wolfe. from what my family told me his men dint want to kill they just had to fight to protect there families. a warrior is a warrrior no matter what someone who never even picked up a gun says.

besides that i love this piece, you captured the raw honor of the Luwaffe so nice with this piece....outstanding work
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chincz Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
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aceofaces1980 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Yes, I've read about this!! The German was truly an example of a chilvarous knight!!
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DKROY Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
This is a true story, took place on December 20th. Nice Job with the artwork.
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CaptVictorGomes Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
Very nice paintaing and nice strory
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