Sunday, 16 February 2014

I saw them and I couldn't shoot them down

Lieutenant Charlie Brown (Weston, West Virginia) in his B-17 «Flying Fortress» and Leutnant Franz Stigler (Regensburg, Bavaria), piloting his Messerschmitt Bf-109, meet in the skies of German-occupied Europe under very special circumstances.

Remembering the words of one of his commanding officers from the Jagdgeschwader 27, Gustav Rödel, during his time in North Africa: You are fighter pilots first, last, always. If I ever hear of any of you shooting at someone in a parachute, I'll shoot you myself.

Stigler later commented: I saw them and I couldn't shoot them down.

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