Willi Reschke Joe Owsianik -meeting after 63 years

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  1. seesul

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    Hello flyboys,

    I temporary have my American friends on visit here- Joseph P. Owsianik, a former left waist gunner from a B-17G, ser. # 42-97159, "Tail End Charlie" and his grand
    son Nic Mevoli.
    This B-17G was shot down on August 29th, 1944 and Joe managed to bail out. Whole 20th Sqdn from 2nd BG was erased from the sky.
    We just came back from Germany, where Joe´s big dream came true- on August 28th, 2007, after 63 years, he met Willi Reschke, a former German fighter, that flew his Bf109G-6 on that day and shot down one of those B-17G´s.

    What a wonderful moment for them and me!

    Enjoy these pictures friends!
     

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    Awesome shots, and you right. It probably was a once in a life time moment for you. With all the WWII vets passing away now due to age. Very cool.
     
  3. seesul

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    Thank you Micdraw,

    as you said, once in a life for me, but I´m happy for them. You could feel the touch of history and the message for the future generations.
    Got to quit now as my American friends are here and I have to care for them. But not only me. I´m happy I have a lot of good friends and family around me. Without them I´d never be able to organize all these things conected to their trip.
    Our American friends leave us on Monday 3rd...:cry:
     
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    Cool shots.
     
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    Ahoj Roman !!!

    One of the best days in you life,great.And cool pics of course.:D

    zdrawim,
    Wojtek
     
  6. Erich

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    good to see the two warriors finally meet, and good for you Roman for getting this all set-up, 2 old adversaries putting things aside and sitting and chatting together

    a hearty congratulations ` WELL DONE FRIEND ! enjoy the continued time together and my regards to both men and all of your team and to Jan Zdiarsky my friend....

    he has a wonderful museum as well

    Erich ~
     
  7. Soundbreaker Welch?

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    Thanks for the pics.
     
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    Very, very cool!!!!!
     
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    Yes that is very cool.
     
  10. seesul

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    Hello friends,

    just found a few minutes in my friend´s office now so I wanna thank you for your messages. My American friends are still here with us. We just finished one interview with one newspaperman, that wants to write an article about Joe´s story.

    Nice weekend
     
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    Yes, awesome, IS the word, thanks for sharing this event.
     
  13. seesul

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    Hi V2,

    btw, Owsianik´s parents were born in Krakow and moved to the States in 1898...

    Greetings from Zlin, Czech Republic
     
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    Hello Seesul,

    world is not so big...
    Polish peoples ( and Czech too, I think ) are all over the world...
     
  15. seesul

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    Yes,

    I only noted you´re from Krakow as well...
     
  16. seesul

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    Hello,

    a few more pictures...
     

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    2 warrior enemies now friends......................this is how it should be !

    thanks Roman

    Erich ~
     
  18. seesul

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    Erich,

    I didn´t pass your questions to Willi yet but will do that next week in my letter.There was no time during their meeting... translating from German to English and Czech, then from German to English and Czech... I was totaly confused after we got it finished:lol:
     
  19. seesul

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    ...and one more picture.

    Nice weekend friends:occasion5: :thumbright:
     

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    Absolutely awesome stuff Roman... Excellent pics as well.... Were there any tears shed Im wondering???
     
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