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Once in a while, you hear an old war story that restores your faith in humanity. Usually it involves a moment of quiet in the midst of chaos; some singing or the sharing of a few condiments. But how many of them take place in mid air?

Why A German Pilot Escorted An American Bomber To Safety During World War II

Once in a while, you hear an old war story that restores your faith in humanity. Usually it involves a moment of quiet in the midst of chaos; some singing or the sharing of a few condiments. But how many of them take place in mid air?

Vickers Wellington  The longest-serving of the trio of medium bombers with which Bomber Command at the outset of World War II, the Wellington, affectionately known as the 'Wimpey' by its crews, flew on many of the defining operations until its last bombing mission over the Reich in October 1943, although a few soldiered on with specialist units within the Command until January 1945

Vickers Wellington The longest-serving of the trio of medium bombers with which Bomber Command at the outset of World War II, the Wellington, affectionately known as the 'Wimpey' by its crews, flew on many of the defining operations until its last bombing mission over the Reich in October 1943, although a few soldiered on with specialist units within the Command until January 1945

Let's start today with this photo that exemplifies why Grumman was known as the "Iron Works." It's combat aircraft were extremely rugged and brought many a pilot back home with considerable damage.

Let's start today with this photo that exemplifies why Grumman was known as the "Iron Works." It's combat aircraft were extremely rugged and brought many a pilot back home with considerable damage.

F6F-5 'Hellcat' Nº23 flown by Ens. Ardon R. Ives crash lands on the USS Lexington, Feb. '45  (Ives survived the crash but died in a dogfight in May '45)

F6F-5 'Hellcat' Nº23 flown by Ens. Ardon R. Ives crash lands on the USS Lexington, Feb. '45 (Ives survived the crash but died in a dogfight in May '45)

Floating Japanese G4M1 bomber off Tulagi Solomon Islands 8 August 1942 as seen from the destroyer USS Ellet. The bomber was shot down during an aerial torpedo attack on the Allied shipping off Tulagi.

Floating Japanese G4M1 bomber off Tulagi Solomon Islands 8 August 1942 as seen from the destroyer USS Ellet. The bomber was shot down during an aerial torpedo attack on the Allied shipping off Tulagi.

Wounded pilot sits in the cockpit after landing in his flaming plane on the fiery deck of a carrier hit by a Japanese kamikaze in the Pacific, June 28, 1945. The airman was saved.

Wounded pilot sits in the cockpit after landing in his flaming plane on the fiery deck of a carrier hit by a Japanese kamikaze in the Pacific, June 28, 1945. The airman was saved.

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