Even in the most terrible wars, there are moments reminding us that humanity, decency, and compassion still exist. For the crew of a wounded B-17, badly damaged during a bombing run over Bremen just five days before Christmas in 1943, such a moment came when a lone Messerschmitt Bf-109 fighter sidled up beside them, falling into position a few feet off their wingtip. Charlie Brown, the pilot of the bomber, was certain the Messerschmitt would shoot them down. The bomber was damaged, half the crew wounded or dead, and no guns worked. They were sitting ducks. Instead of pulling the trigger, the German pilot nodded at them, made some effort to signal them, gave up when they ignored him, and calmly escorted the bomber over German anti-aircraft, parting company over the North Sea. Decades later, Charlie Brown would find out the name of the pilot who spared his life and met him, the two becoming close friends.