Reading the thread about the Aces freight Connie and seeing those pictures from Coventry reminded me of a story I once read.
In the story this British soldier was stationed near Coventry and got friendly with a young lady from there, they could never get much of a chance to be alone but one day they managed a day out in the countryside, they were walking in the hills when they heard a roar of aircraft engines. The engines were German bombers on the way to bomb the city, the aircraft were flying low and right over them, as one of the bombers passed over they looked up and saw the rear gunner very clearly, he also saw them and he turned his guns in their direction, they thought he was going to shoot but then he turned them back again. Was it his change of mind that he didn't want to kill a woman or was he saving his ammo in case they got attacked by fighters later?
What ever it was it saved their lives, they survived the war and did get married, but just think that day could have changed all that, there must be many stories from the war like this where a turn of fate saved lives. I was thinking, that gunner never shot them, may be he survived the war and he too got married to a young lady, let's hope he did.
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