German Pilot Spares American B-17 in WWII – Franz Stigler and Charlie Brown

WWII 2nd lieutenant Charles “Charlie” Brown and his crew set off on their first bombing run Dec 20, 1943 in a B-17 Flying Fortress named “Ye Olde Pub”. Shortly into the mission, they were hit by anti aircraft fire and the plane was heavily damaged. Following that, they faced several German fighter pilots, and soon found themselves with three damaged engines, four injured crew, a dead tail gunner, and no radio. Ace fighter pilot Franz Stigler could have taken them down and earned an award, but instead he found himself being a humanitarian.