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In January 2019, this B-17 was repainted to “YE OLDE PUB”( can be seen on the other side of the nose) in honour of the men who flew in the war. This is probably WWII’s most incredible aerial encounter: B-17 pilot Charlie Brown & Luftwaffe Ace Franz Stigler. Brown’s severely damaged B-17F Ye Olde Pub was too slow to stay in the formation after successfully targeting the Focke-Wulf 190 production facility in Bremen… See here for more details en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Brown_and_Franz_Stigler_incident When Franz Stigler heard from Charlie Brown in 1990, Stigler confirmed every aspect of his story. Both men were astonished to discover that they had been living less than 200 miles apart for much of the time since the war. Stigler in the greater Vancouver area while Brown was in Seattle. They developed a friendship lasted until their death in 2008. Stigler moved to Canada in 1953 and became a successful businessman. He became a member of the local Abbotsford Flying Club and made several appearances here at the Abbotsford International Airshow.

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In January 2019, this B-17 was repainted to “YE OLDE PUB”( can be seen on the other side of the nose) in honour of the men who flew in the war. This is probably WWII’s most incredible aerial encounter: B-17 pilot Charlie Brown & Luftwaffe Ace Franz Stigler. Brown’s severely damaged B-17F Ye Olde Pub was too slow to stay in the formation after successfully targeting the Focke-Wulf 190 production facility in Bremen… See here for more details en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Brown_and_Franz_Stigler_incident When Franz Stigler heard from Charlie Brown in 1990, Stigler confirmed every aspect of his story. Both men were astonished to discover that they had been living less than 200 miles apart for much of the time since the war. Stigler in the greater Vancouver area while Brown was in Seattle. They developed a friendship lasted until their death in 2008. Stigler moved to Canada in 1953 and became a successful businessman. He became a member of the local Abbotsford Flying Club and made several appearances here at the Abbotsford International Airshow.

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ShenYang Doll

Nice shot!

Robert Dumitrescu

Great catch! Well done! Congratulations, buddy!

Wexcombe

an awesome picture, and the history behind it is just amazing, you don't hear stories like this