<big>“A GALLANT FOE” by Michael Wooten
“A GALLANT FOE” by Michael Wooten

""Do you really want the whole story about what happened to me and my crew?" Charlie asked… I was about to make excuses and tell Charlie I had little interest in a German fighter pilot's perspective, when he said something that shut me up. "In this story," Charlie said, "I'm just a character – Franz Stigler is the real hero."" (‘A Higher Call’ Adam Makos pg. 5)

Five days before Christmas 1943, a badly damaged American bomber struggled to fly over wartime Germany. At its controls was a twenty-one-year-old pilot. Half his crew lay wounded or dead. Suddenly a German Messerschmitt fighter pulled up on the bomber's tail - the German pilot was an ace, a man able to destroy the American bomber with the squeeze of a trigger. This is the true story of the two pilots whose lives collided in the skies that day - the American - 2nd Lieutenant Charlie Brown and the German - 2nd Lieutenant Franz Stigler.

It took 46 years for Stigler and Brown to find each other and talk about the incredible incident of a Luftwaffe Ace who chose not to shoot down a crippled airplane full of wounded and terrified young Americans.

We located one of these rare prints, signed by Charlie Brown and Franz Stigler. Our framer has done an amazing job and it will be available in our booth in Oshkosh - Hangar A, Booth 1030/1031.

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