Daring landings to try and rescue fellow pilots.

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Bert Marshall shot down 2 on September 11, 1944. Priest claimed 1 and Henry Brown shot down 3 Luftwaffe a/c. I am a freind of the 355th fighter group........
Jack Illfrey landed in a field in Europe and picked up a fellow pilot I think he had transitioned into P-51s by that time.
Also a Couple of P-38 drivers did it in Europe too. A funny sidebar is that after the escape while posing for the camera it took 15 minuets to get the canopy closed - they didn't have any problems during the rescue. :shock:
On the 6th December 1942 several Beaufighters attacked the Airfield at Tmimi, Flt Lt Campbel's Beaufighter was damaged by flak, and 40 Miles from the target had to land, Plt Of Hammond landed helped Campbel do makeshift repairs to the Beaufighter, and they both were able to take off, Flt Lt Campbell had to land again somewhere in Libya, so Plt Of Hammond landed a 2nd time, at which point Plt Of Hammond took off with the crew of the damaged Beaufighter on board, and destroyed the damaged Beaufighter.

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And now something a bit different.
On 1st September 1939 2nd Lt Stanisław Skalski after a struggle of his III/4 squadron against German planes near Toruń lands in the field near a shot down Hs126 recon plane.
He switches the engine off, jumps out of his P11c and approached the German plane. He finds there a German observer/navigator - Lt. S von Heymann and dressed his wounds. Later he discovers that the Henshel's pilot, F. Wimmer lays nearby, near the hedgerows and provides him with first medical aid.

That is what I call a spirit of chivalry in the air struggle.
There are very, very few similar examples in the history of the last world war...

Gen. Skalski met Friedrich Wimmer again in 1990 in Bonn. There was also Gen. Adolf Galland at this meeting.
Yes, it would be nice to know.
As far as I know the atmosphere of this meeting was very cordial (General Skalski said so)...
Flight Lieutenant Richard Bell Davies RNAS

Richard Bell Davies was a pilot with Samson's squadron in the Aegean. During a bombing raid on the Bulgarian railway, Bell Davies' friend Smylie was shot down.

Bulgarian troops were moving in to capture him, so Bell Davies landed and picked Smylie up. The laden aeroplane took off just as the Bulgarians opened fire.

Samson immediately recommended Bell Davies for the Victoria Cross. Bell Davies remained in the Royal Navy, retiring as a Vice Admiral during World War 2.

Can't forget Maj. Bernard F. Fisher

On March 10, 1966 then Maj. Bernard F. Fisher, an A-1E Skyraider pilot, risked his life by swooping out of an overcast sky, skidding to the end of a runway littered with debris, picking up his wounded wingman, Maj. D. Wayne Myers, and making it out of the A Shau valley alive. For his gallantry, Fisher became the first air commando and Air Force person to receive the Medal of Honor in Vietnam.

In March 1966, he was assigned to Pleiku, South Vietnam as a special forces air commando with the 602nd Air Commando Squadron. On March 10, the special forces camp was under attack by 2,000 North Vietnamese Army regulars. Hostile troops had surrounded the camp and were raking it with automatic weapons fire from the surrounding hills. The tops of the 1,500-foot hills were obscured by an 800-foot ceiling, limiting aircraft maneuverability and forcing pilots to operate within range of hostile gun positions.

Fisher found a hole in the clouds and, followed by other A-1Es, attacked the enemy force. His wingman was hit by enemy fire and called for help. He was too close to the ground to bail out and had no choice but to belly in on the badly damaged runway, which was under enemy control. Myers landed, but since he wasn't able to release his belly tank, his plane exploded into flames. He jumped from the burning aircraft and ran to a bordering ditch. Fisher knew that it would take at least 20 minutes for a rescue helicopter to reach the scene, so he decided to rescue Myers himself.

He landed on the runway and maneuvered between oil barrels, rocket casings and fragments of aircraft and holes blasted by mortar fire. He skidded his A-1E to a stop at the end of the runway, turned his aircraft around and taxied back toward Myers' burning plane. As he approached the plane, Myers jumped up from the ditch and ran toward him. Myers couldn't climb up on the wing because of prop wash, so Fisher throttled back, reached out, grasped Myers and pulled him into the cockpit headfirst. Evading enemy fire and the crowded runway, took off, cleared the mountains and made it back to Pleiku. When he landed, crews counted 19 bullet holes in the aircraft.

He was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Lyndon B. Johnson Jan. 19, 1967. Fisher returned to the Air Defense Command and jet interceptors until he retired as a colonel to his hometown of Kuna. Air Force ROTC Detachment 855 in Provo, Utah, spanning Brigham Young University and Utah Valley State College, is named the Bernard F. Fisher Squadron in his honor

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