I read a story once, told by a veteran of the bombers. I can't find it anymore, so I have to tell it from memory. I cannot vouch for the truth or accuracy of it, but it feels
true, if that makes any sense.
He was the radioman for his craft. They were supposed to meet their escorts, but something went wrong, and the escorts weren't there. The Luftwaffe found them, and they were getting torn to pieces. They radioed for help, and they were told that another unit returning from an escort mission was being rerouted to assist.
His bomber was hit, and he had to bail out. As he hung there from his chute, he saw a Luftwaffe fighter veering toward him, and he knew it was the end.
The Luftwaffe plane burst into flame and spiraled downward.
A red-tailed plane circled him twice. The pilot waved, he waved back to indicate he was OK. Then the plane flew off to join the rest of the fight.
If you are ever at 39th and Market in Philadelphia, right next to the Boston Market restaurant, stop in their parking lot and salute:http://www.uwishunu.com/2009/06/mural-d ... june-14th/
(Yes, that really is a 3-D mural. The goggles and part of the prop on the plane are molded onto the wall.)