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American B-17 pilot Charlie Brown, right, and Luftwaffe Me 109 fighter pilot Franz Stigler became close friends in the 1980s after Brown tracked down the German pilot who saved him.

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Luftwaffe fighter escorts wounded B-17 bomber

The American bomber was so badly shot up, it was a sitting duck for the German Messerschmidt 109 fighter plane.