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An Amazing True Story ......

Look carefully at the B-17 and note how shot up it is - one engine dead, tail, horizontal stabilizer and nose shot up.. It was ready to fall out of the sky. (This is a painting done by an artist from the description of both pilots many years later.) Then realize that there is a German ME-109 fighter flying next to it. Now read the story below. I think you'll be surprised.....



Charlie Brown was a B-17 Flying Fortress pilot with the 379th Bomber Group at Kimbolton, England. His B-17 was called 'Ye Old Pub' and was in a terrible state, having been hit by flak and fighters. The compass was damaged and they were flying deeper over enemy territory instead of heading home to Kimbolton. After flying the B-17 over an enemy airfield, a German pilot named Franz Steigler was ordered to take off and shoot down the B-17. When he got near the B-17, he could not believe his eyes. In his words, he 'had never seen a plane in such a bad state'. The tail and rear section was severely damaged, and the tail gunner wounded. The top gunner was all over the top of the fuselage. The nose was smashed and there were holes everywhere. Despite having ammunition, Franz flew to the side of the B-17 and looked at Charlie Brown, the pilot. Brown was scared and struggling to control his damaged and blood-stained plane.

BF-109 pilot Franz Stigler - B-17 pilot Charlie Brown. Aware that they had no idea where they were going, Franz waved at Charlie to turn 180 degrees. Franz escorted and guided the stricken plane to, and slightly over, the North Sea towards England. He then saluted Charlie Brown and turned away, back to Europe. When Franz landed he told the CO that the plane had been shot down over the sea, and never told the truth to anybody. Charlie Brown and the remains of his crew told all at their briefing, but were ordered never to talk about it.

More than 40 years later, Charlie Brown wanted to find the Luftwaffe pilot who saved the crew. After years of research, Franz was found. He had never talked about the incident, not even at post-war reunions. They met in the USA at a 379th Bomber Group reunion, together with 25 people who are alive now - all because Franz never fired his guns that day.

When asked why he didn’t shoot them down, Stigler later said, “I didn’t have the heart to finish those brave men. I flew beside them for a long time. They were trying desperately to get home and I was going to let them do that. I could not have shot at them. It would have been the same as shooting at a man in a parachute.”
Both men died in 2008 ...
This is a true story http://www.snopes.com/military/charliebrown.asp
THIS WAS BACK IN THE DAYS WHEN THERE WAS HONOUR IN BEING A WARRIOR THEY PROUDLY WORE UNIFORMS, AND THEY DIDN'T HIDE IN AMBUSH INSIDE A MOSQUE, OR BEHIND WOMEN AND CHILDREN, NOR DID THEY USE MENTALLY RETARDED WOMEN AS SUICIDE BOMBERS TO TARGET AND KILL INNOCENT CIVILIANS....HOW TIMES HAVE CHANGED......

(L to R.) German ace Franz Stigler, Artist Ernie Boyett, B17 Pilot Charlie Brown.



Swine Flu ......

Well folks you will see that I'm still here in the land of the Tartan and the Heather thanks to Swine Flu, Louis and his nursery, you see I was helping out there last week .... ARGHHH! according to information from the medics the whole of the south-side of Glasgow is 'rife' with it -so yours truly has been caught by the dreaded lurgy. The only good thing about it as far as we 'oldies' are concerned, is that we don't suffer the bug as badly as the younger folk as we have plenty of antibodies which deal with the infection better than the younger people. Poor wee Louis was knocked for six by the bug as was his Aunt L. So there you go, if you're an 'oldie' there is a good point to swine flu.

Our holiday has had to be put back for a week so that when my 5 days of antibiotics are finished (plus a couple of days) we are then able to be off to the land of the sunshine and fun in Blackpool.. I mean - we wouldn't have wanted to spread the dreaded lurgy down to the folk in England - would we ? hehehe...

OK OK !! enough already of the feeling sorry for myself have a look at this last story about ......

An Amazing Man ......

This next entry today on my blog was received from my brother in law and after having seen it I felt a total duffer for feeling sorry for myself . This wee video shows an amazing character who has no arms or legs but is a totally amazing man who shows more courage and bravery in his life with his body than someone who is seven feet tall.

Now doesn't that bring things into focus again huh ?


Cheers from the land of the Tartan and the Heather, Love Kate xxx.