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German ace spares damaged US bomber

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German ace spares damaged US bomber
Posted by gunner_chris on Sunday, July 21, 2013 10:07 AM
Came across this article, not sure if this story has been told but its very interesting.

Something you don't hear much of from WW2

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2370933/A-Higher-Call-A-stricken-Allied-bomber-German-ace-sent-shoot-truly-awe-inspiring-story-wartime-chivalry.html

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Posted by dirkpitt77 on Sunday, July 21, 2013 12:32 PM

That's been all over the news and my Facebook feed. They are really promoting it for some reason. I'd like to pick up the book sometime when my budget permits.

    "Some say the alien didn't die in the crash.  It survived and drank whiskey and played poker with the locals 'til the Texas Rangers caught wind of it and shot it dead."

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Posted by New Hampshire on Sunday, July 21, 2013 6:32 PM

It is a really great book.  The incident itself does not take long to tell in the book itself, and while Charlie Brown's background is given the real focus of the book is Franz Steigler's story from birth to post war.  It really is a bit saddening how during the war German fighter pilots were revered by the German people, yet deeply loathed afterwards by them for failing to stop the bombers from ruining Germany (not facing the reality they never could have succeeded.)  And then there is one B-17 crew ever thankful that that one man took pity on them.

I am always conflicted about the German army of WW2.  At times I have trouble balancing the fact that many were just fighting for their homeland while on the other it was their participation that kept Hitler in power so long.  But then I read books like this, and I realize that a lot of these men still had the spirit of chivalry in them, despite the crummy situation everyone was in.  Men simply trying to make the best of a real nasty situation.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Sunday, July 21, 2013 8:58 PM

I read about this a while back when both were still alive. A real humane act by Steigler. It was a good thing that both finally met and were able to have closure. Another of many cases not known such as  the actions of Lt. Friedrich Lengfeld, 2nd Co., 275 Inf. Div. during the Battle of the Hurtgen Forest where he gave his life while trying to save a wounded American GI in a mine field. 1-22infantry.org/.../lengfeld.htm

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Posted by Gordon D. King on Monday, July 22, 2013 9:25 AM

This is an excellent book. I purchased two copies of it, one for myself and one to donate to my local library. The library does not have a big selection of books on World War II so I donate as many books as I can. Last month I purchased and donated a 20 book series on the Vietnam War.

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Posted by subfixer on Monday, July 22, 2013 5:55 PM

I'm from the government and I'm here to help.

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Posted by Cdn Colin on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 8:07 AM

I cringe to think what movie producers would do to this story.  I hope they keep the movie accurate, if they make one.

I build 1/48 scale WW2 fighters.

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Posted by TD4438 on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 10:20 AM

I'm looking to pick up this book myself.There are some fascinating personal stories from WWII.

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Posted by subfixer on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 5:14 PM

Cdn Colin

I cringe to think what movie producers would do to this story.  I hope they keep the movie accurate, if they make one.

Another Memphis Belle travesty?

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Posted by pyrman64 on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 8:54 PM

subfixer

Cdn Colin

I cringe to think what movie producers would do to this story.  I hope they keep the movie accurate, if they make one.

Another Memphis Belle travesty?

If you want historical accuracy...watch National Geographic, History Channel, Military Channel, etc.  Hollywood puts out movies for ENTERTAINMENT....accuracy plays no part in that. Huh?

Greg H

"There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory, but, boys, it is all hell." Gen. Wm T. Sherman (11 April 1880, Columbus, Ohio)

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