That Time a WWII Bomber Pilot Climbed Onto the Wing Mid-Flight to Save His Crew

His crew tied a rope around his chest and he made his way onto the wing to extinguish the blaze.

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  • Sergeant James Allan Ward

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“I can’t explain it, but there was no sort of real sensation of danger out there at all,” Ward later said. “It was just a matter of doing one thing after another and that’s about all there was to it.”

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  • Shown are the holes Sergeant Ward made to help him climb across the wing of the Vickers Wellington

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