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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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:iconoliver1388:
true hero where the one how did things like this
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:iconfamousdave420:
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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:icondemondogmarine1960:
INNCORECT!! AFTER SEEING IT, IN HIS COMPASSION, HE DID NOT SHOOT IT DOWN!!
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:icondemondogmarine1960:
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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:iconpascal775:
Your caps,Bro...
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:iconsiveir:
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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:icongenuks:
still what's happened to left wind of flying fortress ? never seen the debris...
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Shadowhawk1997 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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:iconbenracer:
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 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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