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Charlie Brown and Franz Stigler incident.Charlie Brown and Franz Stigler incident.
Charlie Brown was an American pilot of a B-17G of the 379th BG at Kimbolton, England.Charlie Brown era piloto americano de um B-17G do 379th BG em Kimbolton na Inglaterra.
His B-17 was the "Ye Old Pub" and was badly damaged, hit by the bullets of enemy fighters and anti-aircraft.Seu B-17 era o "Ye Old Pub" e estava seriamente danificado, atingido pelas balas dos caças inimigos e pela antiaérea.
With a ruined compass, he was flying lost and deeper and deeper into Germany, instead of heading for his English base.Com a bússola arruinada, ele voava perdido e cada vez mais adentro da Alemanha, ao invés de estar com rumo para sua base inglesa.
After flying over a German airfield, a Messerschmidt Me 109G fighter was sent to shoot down this B-17.Após sobrevoar um aeródromo alemão, um caça Messerschmidt Me 109G foi enviado para abater este B-17.
Who was in charge of the fighter was the German Franz Steigler.Quem estava no comando do caça era o alemão Franz Steigler.
As he approached the bomber, he could not believe his eyes.Ao se aproximar do bombardeiro, não podia crer no que via.
In his words:Em suas palavras:
"I've never seen a plane in that state. The rear section, rudder and elevators were badly damaged, gunners wounded, the four-engine bow damaged and holes all over the fuselage.""Nunca vi um avião naquele estado. A seção traseira, leme e profundores muito avariados, artilheiros feridos, a proa do quadrimotor danificada e furos por toda fuselagem."
Although he had the fighter armed and loaded, Franz paired his Me 109 with the B-17 and looked at Commander Charlie Brow who was terrified and struggling with the controls to keep the bomber flying and was still bleeding.Embora tivesse o caça armado e carregado, Franz emparelhou seu Me 109 com o B-17 e olhou para o comandante Charlie Brow e este estava apavorado e lutando com os controles para manter o bombardeiro voando e ainda estava sangrando.
Aware of the pilot's disorientation, Franz waved them around 180 degrees, escorting the plane on a safe course to England.Ciente da desorientação do piloto, Franz acenou que eles girassem 180 graus, escoltando o avião em um rumo seguro para a Inglaterra.
Then Charlie Brown saluted and returned to his base.Então Charlie Brown saudou e voltou para sua base.
Upon landing, Franz informed the CO that he had shot down the bomber over the sea.Ao pousar, Franz informou ao CO que abateu o bombardeiro sobre o mar.
In the debrief, Charlie Brown and his crew reported what had happened, but were instructed not to talk about the episode with anyone until then.No "debrief", Charlie Brown e sua tripulação informaram o ocorrido, mas foram instruídos para não falar sobre o episódio com ninguém até então.
After 40 years, Charlie set out in search of that German pilot who saved him.Após 40 anos, Charlie partiu em busca daquele piloto alemão que o salvou.
After this long time of searching, he found Franz.Depois deste longo tempo de pesquisa, ele encontrou Franz.
He never mentioned the fact, not even in post-war meetings.Ele nunca citou o fato, nem nas reuniões do pós-guerra.
They met in the US at a 379 BG meeting, with the team still alive because Franz didn't fire his weapons.Eles se encontraram nos EUA numa reunião do 379 BG, com a equipe que ainda estava viva porque Franz não disparou suas armas.
When Franz was asked why he didn't shoot down the B-17, he replied:Quando perguntaram a Franz por que não derrubou o B-17, ele respondeu:
"I didn't have the courage to end the lives of those men who fought to live. I flew alongside them for a long time. They were giving their best to get to their base safe and sound, and I wasn't going to stop them from living. I just couldn't shoot a defenseless enemy. It would be the same if I were on a parachute.""Não tive coragem de acabar com a vida daqueles homens que lutavam para viver. Voei ao lado deles por um longo tempo. Eles davam tudo de si para chegar são e salvos à sua base, e eu não ia impedi-los de viver. Simplesmente não podia atirar em um inimigo indefeso. Seria o mesmo se eu estivesse num pára-quedas."
Both pilots died in 2008.Ambos os pilotos morreram em 2008.

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