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German WWII Pilot Spares American B-17 Pilot Over Germany, Reunite 40 years Later

September 26, 2015

In one of the most incredible stories you’ll ever hear, five days before Christmas of 1943, Charlie Brown was flying a mission over Germany. His plane was in tatters, his crew wounded or dead, and suddenly he was alone in the sky.

That’s when he saw a German plane flying off the tip of his wing. He thought he too was dead.


But instead of killing Brown, Franz Stigler looked at him, nodded and flew away. Brown never forgot that moment of chivalry.

In 1990 Brown sought out to find the man who spared him and wouldn’t you know it, Stigler saw the ad. He was living in Canada.

The pair became friends, helping each other cope 40 years later with all they had been through. They talked family, friends and suddenly they were thick as thieves.

They even planned regular fishing trips together. Here they are:

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