Chivalry in War: Bf-109 pilot Franz Stigler was ordered to pursue and shoot down a stricken B-17 on December 20, 1943. He had never seen a plane flying so damaged, and he could see men huddled inside tending the wounds of other crewmen. No one fired at him. Stigler flew alongside of the bomber and looked at its pilot, Charles Brown, who had no idea he was flying deeper over enemy territory. Stigler decided to wave him back, escorted the plane to the North Sea, saluted and veered away.