Firing at pilots who have parachuted

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Re: Firing at pilots who have parachuted

Postby Karl Heidenreich » Tue Oct 20, 2009 4:42 pm

War is Hell.
An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.
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Re: Firing at pilots who have parachuted

Postby RF » Mon Nov 09, 2009 2:56 pm

Dave Saxton wrote: It was a brutal unofficial policy, but a necessary policy to win and shorten the war.


But at a risk. It invites possible retaliation against Allied airmen already held prisoner, or Allied aircrews baling out over enemy held territory. Indeed some aircrews were lynched - by the civilians subjected to their bombing.
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Re: Firing at pilots who have parachuted

Postby paul.mercer » Tue Apr 19, 2011 8:12 pm

Gentlemen,
I believe that in Adolf Gallands book 'The First and the Last' he says that Goring actaully asked him what he thought about shooting at parachuting pilots and Galand said he would not do it or allow it. Apparently Goring replied that he was glad that Galland felt that way. It appears that generally it was regarded as 'not the done thing by' both sides.

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Re: Firing at pilots who have parachuted

Postby Bgile » Tue Apr 19, 2011 8:17 pm

A well known German ace wrote in his autobiography of hanging from his chute as a Mustang approached and wondering whether he would be shot, but apparently the guy just wanted a close look at his opponent.

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Re: Firing at pilots who have parachuted

Postby RF » Wed Apr 20, 2011 8:14 am

......or give him a scare....
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Re: Firing at pilots who have parachuted

Postby lwd » Wed Apr 20, 2011 7:28 pm

That was Eric Hartman see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erich_Hartmann
... While he was hanging in his parachute, the P-51s circled above him, and Hartmann wondered if they would take this opportunity to kill him. One of the P-51Bs flown by Lt. Robert J. Goebel of the 308th Squadron, 31st Fighter Group, broke away and headed straight for him. Goebel was making a camera pass to record the bailout and banked away from him only at the last moment, waving at Hartmann as he went by. ...


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