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(NYPost)   WW2 bomber pilot Charlie Brown spared death by German fighter who had him in his crosshairs in 1943. He never knew why, until they met...oh my, subby allergic to dust   ( ) divider line 27
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2012-12-09 02:19:16 PM  
8 votes:
"When co-pilot Charlie brown tried to initiate radio communication with the German fighter pilot, all he could hear was the wa-wa wa-wa-wa of a trombone."
2012-12-09 11:41:41 AM  
7 votes:

2012-12-09 01:35:04 PM  
4 votes:

scavenger: I wonder how many civilians Mr. Brown killed by dropping bombs on them?
2012-12-09 01:17:27 PM  
3 votes:
You ----> <---- Death (not yours)
2012-12-09 10:19:45 PM  
2 votes:
What more can you ask for from a Fark article?

Great story about two good men, and an opportunity to block a few asshole trolls.
2012-12-09 06:19:37 PM  
2 votes:
Like Subby's Mom, those B-17s could really take a pounding.
2012-12-09 01:53:54 PM  
2 votes:
Did Snowden make it?
2012-12-09 01:39:34 PM  
2 votes:
He's a clown, that Charlie Brown
2012-12-09 01:36:09 PM  
2 votes:

Discernibly Turgid: scavenger: I wonder how many civilians Mr. Brown killed by dropping bombs on them?

Jesus. Great sentimental story about honor and heroism, yet the peace hippy trolls have already arrived posting this crap in the first 2 dozen posts. Why do you asshats even click on links about war?

Must be a new fark record...

Hippies came because the headline mentions Charlie Brown and, well, anything Woodstock is good Woodstock.
2012-12-09 01:33:49 PM  
2 votes:


Thank God such chivalry has gone out of fashion. We're a better world for it.

Obviously, things would have been much better had the Axis Powers won the War.
2012-12-09 01:32:34 PM  
2 votes:
2012-12-09 01:14:30 PM  
2 votes:
The news had come out in the First World War
The bloody Red Baron was flying once more
The Allied command ignored all of its men
And called on Snoopy to do it again.

Was the night before Christmas, 40 below
When Snoopy went up in search of his foe
He spied the Red Baron, fiercely they fought
With ice on his wings Snoopy knew he was caught.

Christmas bells those Christmas bells
Ring out from the land
Asking peace of all the world
And good will to man
2012-12-09 10:23:33 PM  
1 vote:

Discernibly Turgid: scavenger: ElLoco: scavenger:
I'm neither cool nor edgy, don't worry. I just abhor violence and anything that glorifies war.

You "Just abhor violence" yet you click on a link about WW2? Guess you don't know the meaning of 'abhor'. Let me define it for you:

abhor [əbˈhɔː]
vb -hors, -horring, -horred
(tr) to detest vehemently; find repugnant; reject
[from Latin abhorrēre to shudder at, shrink from, from ab- away from + horrēre to bristle, shudder]

Given that you abhor violence, your claim that you came to this thread and had to post your miserable thoughts make no sense. You must now be traumatized about reading about two old men who survived a horrible period in their lives and found each other 50 years later?

Go read threads about unicorns and rainbows and only post happy hippy thoughts. You'll feel much better.

Even worse - he takes a story about war WHERE HUMANITY AND MERCY IS THE STORY and takes a big smelly dump in the thread.
2012-12-09 07:01:41 PM  
1 vote:
At that range, he could have taken a picture.
2012-12-09 04:43:03 PM  
1 vote:

chuckufarlie: traylor: I think Stigler knew something when he gave the advice to go to Sweden instead of England. Brown should have listened to him.

Not really, England was closer and to get to Sweden would have required flying over more German held territory. Best bet was to get over the Channel as quickly as possible. Once they did that, England was closer.

I see your point, but in my mind Stigler is shouting "Forget England! The girls are hotter in Sweden!"
2012-12-09 03:46:01 PM  
1 vote:

superdude72: So he was too honorable to shoot down a bomber when it was vulnerable. Nice job, Stigler, you've just freed that bomber crew to return to battle and kill god knows how many of your countrymen.

It's such an aristocratic way of thinking. Who cares how many of the little people die as result of your actions (or lack thereof). The important thing is that you keep your "honor."

Thank God such chivalry has gone out of fashion. We're a better world for it.

You mean now that we have drones?
2012-12-09 02:39:10 PM  
1 vote:

chuckufarlie: what part of "return to combat" did you not understand? The fact that he ended up killing the guy who freed him is minimal.

It's also apparently a common misunderstanding of the film. They were two different characters with similar haircuts, but the guy who killed Mellish was SS, while the prisoner was regular infantry.

/ CSB: Rather than returning to the Third Reich, my grandmother's oncologist, a brilliant physician who a small midwestern town was very lucky to have, was captured in combat by the Soviets and "allowed to escape" from a gulag for being such an absurdly nice guy. He made his way to the United States and never really spoke of Germany again. The first the community heard of it was when he had it published in his obituary, an anecdote casually wedged between a mention of his time playing the flute on German national radio as a teenager and having his body flown back to be buried on his family estate in Germany.)
2012-12-09 02:35:27 PM  
1 vote:

RogerClemente: This article made me remember how one of the most well known classic Christmas songs is actually about a Nazi trying to shoot a dog.

No, it didn't make you remember that at all.
2012-12-09 02:28:16 PM  
1 vote:
Also, since we've gotten this far without it:

Does not approve.
2012-12-09 02:27:18 PM  
1 vote:

semiotix: So, don't take it the wrong way when I point out that this Franz Stigler guy was a Nazi. Maybe not technically in the sense of being an inner Party member, but he's flying a Nazi plane, he's an officer in the Nazis' air force, he's shooting Nazi bullets at our guys. In every Brad-Pitt-as-Aldo-Raine-in-Inglorious-Basterds sense of the word, he's a Nazi.

And yeah, he did a brave and beautiful thing, end of story, no caveats or hesitations or "but he was a Nazi!" about it. Nor is it the first such story we've heard.

The thing is, in sixty years (or sooner) we're going to start hearing these exact same stories about the occasional Talibani commander or al-Qaeda henchman. And immediately you want to say, "no, that's different, this guy had a personal moral code, he wasn't an insane jihadist zombie trying to get himself killed for his 72 virgins, he was just born on the wrong side of the war." But come on--what are the odds that this is the first war in history where the bad guys all turn out to be exactly like the bad guys at the very top of the bad guy food chain?

So the sappy, schmaltzy moral I take away from this is that we'd probably have fewer wars--and for that matter, fewer Talibans and Nazi reichs--if we'd start figuring that out sooner. (And by "we" I mean, for the most part, the people who aren't going Over There and learning first hand that real-life people are complicated.)

Don't look now, semiotix, but your profound ignorance is showing.
2012-12-09 02:07:54 PM  
1 vote:

scavenger: I just abhor violence and anything that glorifies war.

I also abhor violence, but I'm capable of committing atrocious acts in the name of peace.

semiotix: So the sappy, schmaltzy moral I take away from this is that we'd probably have fewer wars--and for that matter, fewer Talibans and Nazi reichs--if we'd start figuring that out sooner.

Maybe the thing we should is kill everyone who's in charge. Let the normal folk work it out.
2012-12-09 01:46:09 PM  
1 vote:
My dad used to shoot down German fighters during ww2. He made a picture frame out of a ME-109 that he shot down in Africa and put my mom's photo in . Still have it.
2012-12-09 01:13:46 PM  
1 vote:
Excellent story but a B-17 is not a fighter subby
2012-12-09 01:12:22 PM  
1 vote:
Did anyone else open TFA, get one look at the German fighter and think, "Holy crap, it's Ben Affleck."

/Here comes the science.
2012-12-09 12:41:38 PM  
1 vote:

ArkAngel: [ image 400x283]

2012-12-09 11:31:35 AM  
1 vote:

kimwim: Yes, it's getting pretty dusty in here. Damn woodstove. Or maybe it's the cat hair. I'm glad they finally did get in touch with each other.

Nah, it's summer here in Australia and it's damn dusty too. So sorry pal, not the woodstove.

Awesome link subby.
2012-12-09 11:13:22 AM  
1 vote:
Cool story, bro. Seriously though.
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