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JG301_nils
05-30-2004, 05:22 PM
I remember I read an interesting story once, about a US fighter pilot who left his home base in a P-51, he was shot down deep into enemy territory. He bailed out and landed safely close to a enemy fighter airfield. He mananged to hide from the searchparty looking for him. Later he managed to get close to the airfield, studying ground crew working on a 190A-6 hidden in the forrest. When they left the plane, he assumed they were finished and that the plane was ready for a new mission. In the cover of the dark, he crept forward and climbed up into the 190 cockpit, sat there all night trying to figure out all the controls. He assumed that german planes were not too far technically from the ones he knew. So in the first light, after some fumbling, he managed to start the engine (expecting to alarming the whole base, but funny enough no one reacted), taxiing out of the forrest over some ditches and onto the runway. He managed to get the controls right, set the flaps, full throttle and took off. After some trying he finally got the undercarrige up, and made a run for home, with fully open throttle and at 10 meters altitude. He zoomed some german cows and farms in the early morning light, and impressingly found the homebase, but he couldn´t figure out how to release the wheels again, he tried all the buttons he saw, but nothing happenend. So in the end after alarming all the flak crews and personell on his home base, he finally decided to make a belly landing and did so perfectly. The plane slided to a halt nearly undamanged, next moment the plane was swarmed by MP´s going to arrest the "German" trying to pull him out of the cockpit still wearing the seatbelt on, but they were soon convinced by his very typical US swearing vocabulary that he was one of theirs, hehe
I think it´s the only episode I´ve ever heard of that this happened. I don´t remember his name, but he sure had some nerves that guy.

A few days later he was going to show a fellow pilot about the Fw, he discovered a small panel with two switched under it, he pressed them and *clunk* the wheels dropped out from their wells http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif he´d found the release buttons a little too late.
-nils-

JG301_nils
05-30-2004, 05:22 PM
I remember I read an interesting story once, about a US fighter pilot who left his home base in a P-51, he was shot down deep into enemy territory. He bailed out and landed safely close to a enemy fighter airfield. He mananged to hide from the searchparty looking for him. Later he managed to get close to the airfield, studying ground crew working on a 190A-6 hidden in the forrest. When they left the plane, he assumed they were finished and that the plane was ready for a new mission. In the cover of the dark, he crept forward and climbed up into the 190 cockpit, sat there all night trying to figure out all the controls. He assumed that german planes were not too far technically from the ones he knew. So in the first light, after some fumbling, he managed to start the engine (expecting to alarming the whole base, but funny enough no one reacted), taxiing out of the forrest over some ditches and onto the runway. He managed to get the controls right, set the flaps, full throttle and took off. After some trying he finally got the undercarrige up, and made a run for home, with fully open throttle and at 10 meters altitude. He zoomed some german cows and farms in the early morning light, and impressingly found the homebase, but he couldn´t figure out how to release the wheels again, he tried all the buttons he saw, but nothing happenend. So in the end after alarming all the flak crews and personell on his home base, he finally decided to make a belly landing and did so perfectly. The plane slided to a halt nearly undamanged, next moment the plane was swarmed by MP´s going to arrest the "German" trying to pull him out of the cockpit still wearing the seatbelt on, but they were soon convinced by his very typical US swearing vocabulary that he was one of theirs, hehe
I think it´s the only episode I´ve ever heard of that this happened. I don´t remember his name, but he sure had some nerves that guy.

A few days later he was going to show a fellow pilot about the Fw, he discovered a small panel with two switched under it, he pressed them and *clunk* the wheels dropped out from their wells http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif he´d found the release buttons a little too late.
-nils-

Zyzbot
05-30-2004, 05:40 PM
Yes...Col Bruce W. carr:


http://www.rb-29.net/HTML/50FtrPltStory/FtrPltStory/50.04.00.htm

heywooood
05-30-2004, 05:58 PM
P51 Angels Playmate. You can download the skin for your P51 at IL2skins. I want to credit the right artist and I dont remember for sure who made the one I have... but there are alot of great skins there.

Maple_Tiger
05-30-2004, 08:31 PM
That was a cool story guy.


I want more...

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Zen--
05-30-2004, 08:49 PM
You've got to have some serious b*lls to steal a plane from an enemy airbase http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/11.gif

-Zen-

wayno7777
05-30-2004, 08:57 PM
There's a mission like that in the Real Deal camp by Extreme_One.

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Over 70 planes including a P-38 (hopin' for GG)
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Any landing you can walk away from is a good one!

Franzen
05-30-2004, 09:50 PM
he he he, good story and as a used-plane salesman he obviously made the better deal. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Fritz Franzen

Hawgdog
05-30-2004, 10:05 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Zen--:
You've got to have some serious b*lls to steal a plane from an enemy airbase http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/11.gif

-Zen-
<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Very serious

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Chainsawofdoom
05-30-2004, 11:31 PM
Maple Tiger, you want more? How about the story of how the greatest fighter pilot who ever lived, Erich Hartman, escaped from the clutches of the Russians after he had to belly land his plane? Here goes:


From memory of the book, "The Blonde Knight of Germany", the Man Himself was flying his BF-109 and had just shot down a laGG fighter, with lots of ground action all around him. He was turning to engage a group of IL-2 Sturmoviks when he felt a thud and saw one of the doors that covered his engine flutter away... and smoke pour out of that same hole where the door had been. "What the hell?" He thought...

He looked around and tried to figure out if He was being engaged by another fighter or if He had been hit by flak. There were no enemy aircraft on his tail, or anywhere else nearby for that matter. What He did know was that the engine was now on fire and that He had to land...now.

Looking about, He saw a large field blooming with sunflowers. Shutting off the fuel flow, engine electronics, and setting the flaps to full down and feathering the prop, He made a very nice belly landing in the field, albeit after creating quite a storm of sunflower shavings and dust!

As was standard procedure, He began to unfasten the clock from the instrument panel to take with him. Apparently, the clock was an expensive and precious device that every fighter pilot was supposed to claim from his aircraft and take with him if forced to ditch, if at all possible. While He was fumbling with the clock screws, He saw a German truck approaching. Thinking, "Danke Gott!", He continued to free the clock from the airplane.

When He finally had it free, He looked up and noticed that the two soldiers who jumped from the truck were wearing Russian uniforms. "That's strange..." He thought. He knew He was in trouble at once when they got up onto the plane, opened the cockpit, and began to speak Russian to him, rifles aimed at His head! The Russians had captured the truck that He thought was there to rescue Him!

Just as He slipped the precious clock into his pocket, He thought up the best strategy that He could at the moment... fiegn injury.

Moaning and twisting in the cockpit, Erich put on an act that should have won Him a Grammy and three Oscars. "OOOOWWWWWWW!!!" He cried, clutching his belly as if He had some sort of massive abdominal injury and was bleeding inside.

When the two Russian soldiers pulled Him out of the plane, He moaned and cried as if in terrible agony. Screaming and writhing about, the Russians had no idea how to deal with Him. So they dragged Him to the truck and took Him to their nearby base of operations.

A Russian doctor looked him over as he continued his world-class act of injury. The Russian poked and prodded, and whenever he touched His abdomen, Erich screamed and twisted about violently on the table. Exhasperated, the doctor threw up his shoulders and called for the same two soldiers to take Him away.

Gingerly, the soldiers took Him back to the truck and loaded Him into the back. One stayed in the truck bed with Him and the other drove off, somewhere into the Crimea.

Where they were taking Him, Erich could only guess. But He was sure He didn't want to be there. He noticed that the truck was passing through the same sunflower field that His plane had to make the forced landing in, and that the Russian in the back of the truck wasn't paying close attention to Him. When the moment was right, Erich jumped up and threw his solid shoulder into the Russian, clocking his head into the metal cab of the truck, dazing him.

Erich lept from the truck and beat it into the sunflower field, running just as fast as any human could ever run and as far and fast as His legs would take him. Rifle shots flew through the sunflowers as Erich ran and ran until He felt His lungs were about to burst.

He stopped far away from the truck, after He finally heard it drive away some time later, nearby a beautiful stream ringed with trees. I remember from the book how beautiful Erich described the spot where he lay low and rested... slept until the night came around. The night brought a certain circle of comfort and safety.


Without going into great detail, Erich Hartmann, the greatest fighter pilot of all time and forever, waited until night and crept through the dark until he figured out where the front was... over the nearby hill. Upon crossing over the top, a shot rang out and put two holes through His trouser leg... one in and one out. He began to whistle a German song, and encountered a terrified German infantryman. After convincing him that He was a German pilot who was shot down behind enemy lines, he was returned to his base the next day.

Upon arrival to the base, Erich put the precious clock into the hands of his trusted and loyal mechanic Bimmel. But the two ardurous days on the ground had shown Him the horrors that the German soldiers were facing day in and day out relentlessly on the front. It changed His outlook on the war and the way that He fought from then on until the end of the war and beyond.

For Him, the war lasted ten and a half years longer than it should have, but that is another story...

SkyMonkey2
05-30-2004, 11:48 PM
Bob Hoover also had a simlilar experience, stealing a 190 after being in POW camps for over a year, and flew it to holland.

Read all about it in his book Forever Flying...highly reccommended by yours truely http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

JG301_nils
05-31-2004, 05:03 PM
Zyzbot, yes that´s the guy, Bruce W. Carr and I read it in "Aeroplane Monthly" I think
-nils-

310th Falcon
05-31-2004, 05:15 PM
S! Chainswofdoom

Yes :The Blond Knight of Germany" is a great read.
Erich indeed should have won a "Grammy" for that http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-happy.gif


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