It was a Christmas miracle in the making. The American B-17 bomber was damaged and defenseless, and the Bf 109 of German ace, Franz Stigler, was primed for an easy kill.
But upon seeing the bomber’s crew, some wounded, and one dead, Franz decided to break the cycle of violence. Choosing life over death, he escorted the bomber to the North Sea, saluted the American pilot, and flew away. Learn More