Today, for his anniversary, so many commemorations take place like the commemoration on theArlington National Cemetery. During this latter I meet the very famous pilot Francis Gabreski.I suggested him to tell me about his amazing story.
The New York Times: How did you becomea pilot? 10
When I was child, I dreamed to become a pilot like my father. So when I was 18, I joined the USAF ( the united states air force). After the pilot school, I decided tojoin the Eagle Squadrons of the RAF( royal air force)( The Eagle Squadrons were 3 fighter squadrons of the Royal Air Force formed during World War II with volunteer pilots from theUnited States.)
The NYT: I think your plane was shot down. What has you happening to you?13
Yes, it was. I was in mission, we has to destroy a landing field in Germany when Iwas shot down by a Messerschmitt 262 (a german plane).I was badly wounded but I ‘m lucky, a german priest Father Kraus helped me. He hid me in his bell tower and treated me.
TheNYT : Did he denounce you?4
At first, he would denounce at german authorities but I didn’t. And when the German patrol came in the church to found me, he did as if had never seenme.
The NYT: What do you think of the priest’s behavior?8
I think he is really courageous because he has taken risks.
The NYT : Risks?1
Yes, there was a reward for my capturebut anyone found helping me would be executed.
The NYT: What did you become after?
I return to Britain via France thanks to French resistance fighters. And I continued war withBritish until 1942 then with American army .
The NYT : What is Father Kraus up to these days?
Father Kraus is still priest in Germany. I see him each year when he go in the USA.