Stealing An Airplane

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  1. ccheese

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    I've heard of stories of an American or a British pilot who was captured, put in a POW camp, and later
    escaped by stealing a German aircraft and flying it back to England.

    Does anyone have any reading material on true stories of such an event ?

    As I recall, most German warbirds had inertia starters, and stealing of of these would be very difficult.
    The aircraft would have to be running and unattended for someone to steal it.

    Info, with references would be appreciated.

    Charles
     
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    #2 GrauGeist, Jan 2, 2010
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    Lt. Bruce Carr was a P-51D pilot (Angel's Playmate) with the 354thFG and got shot down over Czechoslovakia on 2 November 44 and ended up stealing a Fw190.

    Here's his story:
    His story was also published in the U.S. Air Force Magazine, Valor, February 1995, Vol. 78, No. 2, by John L. Frisbee
     

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    Cool story Dave!!:salute: :cool:
     
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    Thanks, it is a cool story.

    I've also heard that a British pilot stole a German aircraft, and that an American stole a Zero...not sure of thier details and/or accuracy, though.

    I'm sure there's other stories like them from all theaters, fact is usually stranger than fiction.
     
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    True! I'd be willing to bet the pucker factor was pretty high once he got over his own field trying to land and saw everyone on the ground preparing to do him in. Imagine the look on all of there faces when came skidding down the runway.:) :)
     
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    :salute: One hell of a pilot.
     
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    That is so cool!
     
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    Great story! :salute:
     
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    Great story:D
     
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    I want to see his great story on movie if available.
     
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    Flew out in a Mustang...returned in a Focke Wulf. Great story GG.
     
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    :salute: Awesome story!

    Wasn't there an incident in the Pacific (Guadalcanal? IwoJima?) where Allied forces captured an airfield, but the Japanese pilots didn't realize it or were an island or two off on their navigation, and landed at an Allied-controlled airfield? Talk about an easy capture!
     
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    I'm not sure if it was true but there was a story that a D3A Val mistakenly landed on USS Lexington in the evening during the Battle of Coral Sea.

    One says the pilot was captured and the other says he took off again to escape.

    There was another similar case as a true story that, flying high in the darkness, IJN Major Takahasihi misidentified USS Lexington as his own mothership Shokaku. He sent light-signal to ask the landing permission and received fierce AA shells instead.
     
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    I think that Mr. Carr´s story is a fiction. Gotta investigate where have I seen this info.
     
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    The thing I find interesting, is that Lt. Carr's episode happened in 1944 and the people "debunking" the story keep saying that airmen were forbidden from "reqisitioning" captured aircraft after the war.

    The dates are wrong...the war was still going on when Carr pulled this off.
     
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    Hard to say Dave.

    Anyway, the MACR database doesn´t include any P-51 from 354th FG lost that day.

    A/C Serial # Date MACR Group Squadron A/C Type
    42-106900 11/2/1944 10246 361 375 P-51
    44-14203 11/2/1944 10241 355 357 P-51
    44-14266 11/2/1944 10244 361 375 P-51
    44-13746 11/2/1944 10233 20 77 P-51
    44-13838 11/2/1944 10234 20 55 P-51
    44-13840 11/2/1944 10235 20 77 P-51
    44-13690 11/2/1944 10240 352 486 P-51
    44-13630 11/2/1944 10432 355 354 P-51
    44-14006 11/2/1944 10247 364 385 P-51
    44-13747 11/2/1944 10238 55 38 P-51
    44-11153 11/2/1944 10239 352 328 P-51
    Records Found: 11
     
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    I happened to find this while on Wikipedia under the il2 page: "Hero of the Soviet Union T. Kuznetsov survived the crash of his Il-2 in 1942 when shot down returning from a reconnaissance mission. Kuznetsov was able to escape from the wreck and hid nearby. To his surprise, a German Bf 109 landed near the crash site and the pilot began to scrounge around the wrecked Il-2 for souvenirs. Thinking quickly, Kuznetsov ran to the German fighter and used it to fly home, barely avoiding being shot down by Soviet fighters in the process.[14]" Although it is on Wikipedia, is this be true?
     
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    Intresting sotries, thanks for posting them.
     
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