By Larry Alexander, Adam Makos
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Four days prior to Christmas 1943, a badly broken American bomber struggled to fly over wartime Germany. At its controls used to be a 21-year-old pilot. part his staff lay wounded or lifeless. It used to be their first venture. all of sudden, a swish, darkish form pulled up at the bomber’s tail—a German Messerschmitt fighter. Worse, the German pilot was once an ace, a guy in a position to wreck the yank bomber within the squeeze of a set off. What occurred subsequent may defy mind's eye and later be known as the such a lot impressive come across among enemies in global conflict II.
This is the real tale of the 2 pilots whose lives collided within the skies that day—the American—2nd Lieutenant Charlie Brown, a former farm boy from West Virginia who got here to captain a B-17—and the German—2nd Lieutenant Franz Stigler, a former airline pilot from Bavaria who sought to prevent scuffling with in global struggle II.
A greater Call follows either Charlie and Franz’s harrowing missions. Charlie could face takeoffs in English fog over the flaming wreckage of his buddies’ planes, flak bursts so shut they might gentle his cockpit, and packs of enemy warring parties that will circle his airplane like sharks. Franz might face sandstorms within the desolate tract, a crash on my own at sea, and the spectacle of 1,000 bombers every one with 11 weapons, anticipating his assault.
Ultimately, Charlie and Franz might stare around the frozen skies at each other. What occurred among them, the yankee eighth Air strength may later classify as “top secret.” It used to be an act that Franz may possibly by no means point out otherwise face a firing squad. It used to be the stumble upon that might hang-out either Charlie and Franz for 40 years until eventually, as previous males, they might look for each other, a final undertaking which may swap their lives without end.
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