For those of you who know me, know how much I love World War II history. Today my dad was telling me of an amazing story he heard about a WWII German Fighter Pilot escorting a heavily damaged American Bomber to safety.
The bombing mission targeting a German munitions factory had been a success, but World War II pilot Charlie Brown's attempts to get home safely seemed doomed to failure.
His B-17F bomber had been attacked by no fewer than 15 planes - leaving one of his crew dead and six wounded; 2nd Lt Brown himself had been knocked out and regained consciousness just in time to right his plane after it went into a dangerous nose dive.
But as he tried to return from the raid on Bremen to the safety of Allied territory after the mission on December 20, 1943, the danger was not over.
Brown soon had another major concern: a German plane was flying directly next to his own - so close that the pilot was looking him directly in the eyes and making big gestures with his hands that only scared Brown more.
The moment was fleeting however, as the German quickly saluted the American plane - nicknamed in 'Ye Olde Pub' - before peeling away as soon as one of Brown's men went for the gun turret to attack their enemy.
Now I want to read the book "A Higher Call," that tells the true story of Franz Stigler, Charlie Brown, and their wartime experiences.
**Information in this post was from UK's Daily Mail and a post on Military.com.