Allied Pilot Recalls: “I Was Almost Shot Down Flying A Nazi Plane”

An American airman got more than he bargained for when taking a captured Messerschmitt up for a spin. (Image source: WikiCommons)

Yeah, they were ready to shoot it down.”

IT WAS A once in a lifetime opportunity – and one that very nearly cost him his life.

That’s how American pilot Ed Ellington characterized the short spin he took in an enemy fighter plane during the 1943 Sicily campaign.

The young aviator’s ordeal began when he volunteered to fly a Messerschmitt Bf-109 from a newly captured enemy airfield to a Allied base in the rear.

Unfortunately for Ellington, no one bothered to notify the friendly anti-aircraft batteries in the area.

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