Segment 7


Onesi remembers Dick Smith's [Annotator's Note: Onesi's pilot] mother keeping in touch with the crew and their families. He recalls the attack that brought their airplane down. He tried to fire at the German fighter plane, but it was out of range. Fighters moved in on both sides and on top of his airplane. Most of the men were getting ready to bail out, not shooting their guns. He saw the airplane crash after he bailed out. The remains of the aircraft were recovered in later years. If he met the German pilot that shot him down, he would congratulate him because he was a good pilot that did his job. There was a certain respect between the American and German Air Forces. Onesi stayed in touch with most of the crew, mostly Dick Smith. Onesi and his wife attended some of the reunions of the escapees and French underground.


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