People from 12 countries read the post about Charlie Brown and Franz Stigler on Christmas Eve. Mostly Europe, the US, of course, but also Latin America, Asia and the Middle East. I was a bit startled by that. There are very few World War II veterans left with us, and their stories are going with them. Over 30,000 men died in B-17 Flying Fortresses in World War II. There were 28,000 German pilots who flew in the Luftwaffe in World War II. Less than 1,200 survived. I’m glad there is still some interest in that conflict, and ‘the Greatest Generation” who fought with honour in it.
My friend Rick read the article Jagdflieger – Fighter Pilot, which I wrote here on Christmas Eve. He then posted a video link on my Facebook page. The video shows Brown and Stigler at one of the reunions of 379th Bomb Group of the US Army Air Corps.
I thought I would share it here. Rick always shares great stuff with me, and I’ve learned never to pass up on his Facebook links.
Here’s a nostalgic video of Charlie Brown and Franz Stigler. The ball turret gunner, Sam Blackford, is also in the video – his segment is especially poignant.
A word about my friend Rick — Rick’s Dad was an F-86 fighter pilot in the Philippine Air Force, and was also a published poet and author. Doesn’t get better than that. Rick and I have never actually met, an anomaly we will fix sooner or later. Maybe one day Rick will write here or elsewhere about his Dad.
Posted from Manila, December 27, 2013