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From October 11th 06:00 GMT to October 12th 06:00 GMT (From October 10th 23:00 PDT to October 11th 06:00 PDT ) War Thunder presents special discounts for legendary aircraft!

 

 

 

35% special discount for purchase  price and 20% special discount for all qualifications for the following planes:

 

Bf-109G-10, Bf-109G-2, Bf-109G-6, Bf-109K-4, P-38G, B-17G.

 


 

 

 


One of our dedicated players created absolutely awesome game video based on a real story.


 

 

 

 

 

Honor in the sky – 20th December 1943

2nd Lt Charlie Brown was a B-17 Flying Fortress pilot with the 379th Bomber Group at RAF Kimbolton, England. His B-17 was called 'Ye Old Pub' and was in a terrible state, having been hit by flak and fighters. The compass was damaged and they were flying deeper over enemy territory instead of heading home to RAF Kimbolton. The B-17 suffered terrible damage: The nose was smashed; the tail section was missing part of a wing and the top of the tail. One engine was out and the fuselage was littered with bullet holes.

 
 
After flying the B-17 over an enemy airfield, a German BF-109 pilot named Franz Steigler (a former airline pilot from Bavaria) was ordered to take off and shoot down the B-17. He was a veteran Luftwaffe fighter pilot attached to Jagdgeschwader 27 and at the time had 22 victories to his name and would be eligible for the coveted Knight's Cross with one more downed enemy aircraft.

 
 
When he got near the B-17, he could not believe his eyes. In his words, he 'had never seen a plane in such a bad state'. The tail and rear section was severely damaged, and the tail gunner wounded. What remained of the top gunner was all over the top of the airplane. The nose was smashed and there were holes everywhere. Despite having ammunition, Franz flew to the side of the B-17 and looked at Charlie Brown, the pilot. Brown was scared and struggling to control his damaged and blood-stained plane. Aware that they had no idea where they were going, Franz waved at Charlie to turn 180 degrees. Franz escorted and guided the stricken plane to, and slightly over, the North Sea towards England. He then saluted Charlie Brown and turned away, back to Europe.

 
 
Brown managed to fly the 250 miles across the North Sea and land his plane at RAF Seething, home of the 448th Bomb Group and at the after-flight debriefing informed his officers about how a German pilot had let him go. He was told not to repeat this to the rest of the unit so as not to build any positive sentiment about enemy pilots. Brown commented, "Someone decided you can't be human and be flying in a German cockpit."

 
 
When Franz landed he told the CO that the plane had been shot down over the sea, and never told the truth to anybody. More than 40 years later, Charlie Brown wanted to find the Luftwaffe pilot who saved the crew. After years of research, Franz was found. He had never talked about the incident, not even at post-war reunions. They met in the USA at a 379th Bomber Group reunion, together with 25 people who are alive now - all because Franz never fired his guns that day. When asked why he didn’t shoot them down, Steigler later said, “I didn’t have the heart to finish those brave men. I flew beside them for a long time. They were trying desperately to get home and I was going to let them do that... I could not have shot at them. It would have been the same as shooting at a man in a parachute.”



Between 1990 and 2008, Charlie Brown and Franz Stigler became close friends and remained so until their deaths within several months of each other in 2008.

 

   



   And we also   would like to introduce a fan made film by a father and sons combo, showing the fictional sortie made by P38 pilot Ben Rogers returning to base after escort duty with a squadron of B17's, Ben has to fight a storm on two fronts, the weather is against him and the enemy wants blood. A heroic story of courage and skill, apt that he should be flying the Lightning for his last mission against all the odds. This is an example of the commitment and conviction shown by many world war two pilots and the dedication by our fans to show a game off to it's best. Thank you to all our fans out there!

 



 

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