In 1943, American pilot Charlie Brown was flying his B-17 bomber into Nazi Germany when the plane was nearly shot down, with many of the crew members wounded. Luftwaffe fighter pilot Franz Stigler came upon the crippled bomber and, instead of shooting it down, felt that the wounded men should not be fired on, the same as those who had parachuted out of a plane. Stigler escorted the bomber to the North Sea where it returned safely to Great Britain. The two men corresponded many years after the incident and eventually met in person.
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