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The German fighter pilot was taking a great risk. He had seen the faces of the wounded crewmen and decided to spare the damaged B-17 and more—to escort the plane out of Germany.
If a civilian or soldier on the ground reported him, the fighter pilot would face a firing squad. In the eyes of his country during war, he was a traitor. But to the defenseless American crew, he was their guardian.
Now, they had hopes of reaching England again, thanks to the mysterious German ace who held his fire. One day, the crew would know his name—Franz Stigler. In 1990, they’d invite Franz to their bomb group reunion where they’d introduce their families to the man who gave them the greatest of gifts—the chance to live.
Each numbered and signed by artist Nick Trudgian and 3 veterans.
B-17 pilot Clayton Nattier
379th BG B-17 gunner Hugh "Mac" McGinty
Luftwaffe Bf 109 pilot Gernot Heinrichsdorff
Only 190 prints, each numbered and signed by artist Nick Trudgian. Includes 14 veteran signatures: