The port swiller eye was caught by this amazing article today recounting an encounter between a shot-up B-17 and a German fighter ace in 1943 and the latter’s chivalric decision that allowed the two pilots to meet again many years later.  (The article is associated with a new book detailing the two men’s War experiences before and after their fateful meeting.)

Of course, I have no reason to doubt the courage and honor of the men involved in this particular incident, nor do I have any reason to doubt that there were other, similar encounters during the course of WWII.  However, it’s always been my understanding that the whole “Knights of the Air” romantick ideal, while certainly prevalent at the start of WWI, had pretty much disappeared by the end of that war and, to the extent it was still a part of the ethos at the beginning of hostilities in 1939, quickly petered out.

So is it the suggestion of the book that this kind of chivalry in the air was actually more prevalent in WWII than I had thought?  Or are these men (and the German pilot in particular) presented as exceptions to the Darwinian rule?

[Ed. – Just have to buy the book and find out.]

Myes, I suppose so.

A glass of wine with the Blender of Puppies.