Story of chivalry in WWII skies
German pilot saved American lives
- Duration 4:20
- Date Jan 12, 2013
German pilot saved American lives
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-- you aren't American bomber pilot.
Flying during the heat of battle World War II your plane is badly damaged -- trying to limp back to the airfield.
And you'll look out the window the airplane.
And you see the enemy.
There are windows.
And there are -- moderate wings and German.
The little sucker we only get ball.
She if it's a mission critical -- You know.
-- -- -- And for me it didn't -- anyway yeah there.
Patients -- true.
See what happened.
-- there the German fighter pilot decided not to shoot down his American enemy let him go in fact saluted him out the window.
And what happened next.
The heroes became brands join us is the author of this New York Times best seller -- it's a good one.
A higher call at a make processor Adam thanks for right and this -- for being with us a it's a pleasure Mike -- Mike -- right.
He not only looks out -- American B seventeen going down he salutes them.
-- I'm not gonna blow you out of the sky because your defenseless.
Exactly it's it's one of the most incredible stories of world war two and it almost sounds like fiction.
But there was it a secret to it Frans mystique where the German pilot.
He had great character he was a Catholic kid flew with a rosary in the pocket on this flight jacket.
And when he saw that -- -- enemy he said if I shoot down this plane and kill these men.
I'll have blood on my hands and someday I'm going to have to answer to god which is.
Unbelievable to begin work.
Now he could never tell anybody he did that what if he -- told his commanders.
If one person on the ground had seen him and called -- air field.
-- would have easily been exe -- it in those days in Germany you could be executed for telling the wrong joke.
Let alone for landing an American bomber skate but our guy Charlie and his name's Charlie Brown which is great now.
Did he was he -- what he knew what happened he knew he was let go did he tell anybody.
He came back and he told his superior officers and he thought.
My crew deserves medals they did this brave thing getting this plane across the ocean and they were shocked the brass came down they said were putting a lid on this story.
Charlie you're never to speak of this again -- was -- fear their fear was that if Charlie told the story of a good German.
Other bomber crews might hold their finger off the trigger -- maybe this is a good German coming up to fly alongside of us.
OK so this is a remarkable part is that is that there's not enough.
To be excited about they -- so eventually these two in 1990s they reunited and the book details how they found each other but let's just say Charlie found -- he searched the world form.
He found them they reunited and they became best friends what missile was a reaction in Germany after all these years.
Nothing was held against him.
There was some things held against him he would get calls from loved ones.
Who had lost a family member in the war and they would say -- you traitor you let the American bomber escape.
And my son or my daughter or my friend might have been killed because of you.
So their friends from the early ninety's.
And listen to this ironically they both died that same year when 2008 they did they died in 2008 just couple months apart.
And -- an amazing thing happened.
Frogs had a brother in the war and his brother -- -- -- flight instructor first in every wanna be part of World War II.
He trained his own brother to fly send his own brother off to war his brother was killed.
And so when he found Charlie he said I lost one brother in the war and I found another.
They stayed friends pretty close friends and they didn't they toward the country together doing speeches.
Telling their story does make a movie.
I think it's gonna happen we've heard from some studios from some producers it's just an epic story that these two men -- I heard that Jerry Bruckheimer might be not me big time director and producer might be interest -- he would do it right he does epic films and it's an epic story insurance higher call -- we get it in the Internet and Internet every bookstore and sign made in New York Times list this week and last so -- -- well I.
But -- young man thank -- my --