Grace in war: Chattanooga man meets German pilot who shot down his father in WWII
For the German fighter pilot, a man who would fly 241 combat
missions, the crippling of an American B-17 plane in World War II was
just another day up in the office.
"I tried not to think about it," Hans Müller told Chattanoogan Francis "Bud" Peacock last year
Peacock's father, also named Francis, was onboard the B-17 when it
was shot down on Feb. 22, 1944. But the German ace, now a spry
92-year-old living in Heidelberg, Germany, also said he was thrilled to
see all 10 parachutes from the flight crew — including one with the
senior Peacock dangling beneath it — open successfully and descend.