Wednesday, September 12, 2018
American combat aviators in two wars as awarded the Medal of Honor [MoH] their actions brave to an extreme; also perhaps foolhardy at best and perhaps [?] even in violation of directive, regulations, policies, rules of engagement. Even orders!
Thanks to the tip from Freeper.
1. Charles H. Hammann. World War One.
"1918: When enemy fighters shoot [sic] down Ensign George M. Ludlow’s Machhi M.5 seaplane . . . off the Austria-Hungary coast, Charles H. Hammann lands beside him and rescues the downed aviator. Hamman’s fighter is also damaged, and the winds high and seas choppy, but he manages to take off with Ludlow holding the struts behind him (the plane wasn’t designed to carry two pilots) and flies 65 miles across the Adriatic Sea to the air station at Porto Cassini, Italy."
2. Major Bernard F. Fisher, USAF. Second Indo-China War.
"During the battle [A Shau Valley], Maj. Fisher observed a fellow airman crash land on the battle-torn airstrip. In the belief that the downed pilot was seriously injured and in imminent danger of capture, Maj. Fisher announced his intention to land on the airstrip to effect a rescue."
Land! Recover your fellow airman in danger of capture! Back into the sky! Return to friendly territory!
For such actions the MoH is awarded and justly so. But NO this sort of action is not recommended.