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What a farce!
By Emile M Tubiana
Friday, April 10, 2009

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January 1943 World War II story, I withessed an aerial Dogfights between British and German fighter planes.

What a farce! 

January 1943 , I withessed a battle between British and German fighter planes. The Germans increased their air raids but we stayed outside of the farm buildings, as we were more afraid of typhus than of bombing.  One day I recall watching aerial dogfights.  We were stupidly following their attacks, as if it was a soccer game.  The pilots tried to place their planes behind each other in order to have a better target.  Whenever one of them succeeded they were alternately applauded by the Frenchs, by the Italians, by the Jews or the Arabs according to separate loyalties.  But I did not enjoy this scene since I knew that these two men in the sky fought for their survival as one would probably die leaving his family bereft.  Suddenly the British pilot positioned himself behind the German and fired at him. 

The German plane wrapped in a black cloud headed down to the ground.  It was heartbreaking to watch.  Thank God the German had time to open his parachute, there was hope he would see his family again, although he might be held as a prisoner for a while!  Unfortunately the English pilot not satisfied with his victory fired at the German's parachute.  The German's head fell on his chest and his body thumped to the ground with a leaden sound.  British soldiers the French Farmers and Jewish refugees ran out to rescue the body of that poor fellow who died for his motherland and freedom.  In fact he died because his superiors sent him into battle.  A small bible was found in his pocket but that did not help him very much.  Possibly the British pilot had one too.  No doubt they worshipped the same God.  In the afternoon a brief ceremony was held and three salvers were fired in salute by a British platoon to honor the dead pilot.  What a farce!  One has just buried Jesus again.  His parents will be notified by an elegant piece of paper saying "Your son is missing" or "Your son died for his country".  They will never see him again. But I saw him alive and dead.  He was too young to die, he knew death before knowing life. 






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Reviewed by Peter Schlosser 2/10/2010
Yes, Emile. I had actually read this once before. Most interesting story indeed. Love this kind of stuff.
Reviewed by Cryssa C 4/15/2009
War is senseless in this regard...yes, it may sometimes be necessary, but...oh, the pains that are endured all in proving who is "right"...
Reviewed by J'nia Fowler 4/11/2009
What a compassionate write here Emile. He did not deserve to die and I hope the other pilot was punished for killing a helpless young man. War is evil, every bit of it. My husband nearly died in 44 and again in 45, in London. Both times the building around him was hit and then collapsed. The first time was just a few minutes after he was being born and the second was when he was only 1 year old. They found him in a closet, full of lime dust and debris. But God had other plans for him and he did not die. Many were not so blessed. Thank you for this Emile. Bless you, J'nia
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 4/11/2009
Perhaps my two brothers died inside their planes, I will hate to think that after bailing out would have been a hanging target practice for a pilot breaking the rules of humanity.
That pilot will be accountable to God, any pilot from any nationality doing that, are no better than the butchers of Auschwitz.


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