planedriver Posted July 23, 2008 Share Posted July 23, 2008 During World War II, a British pilot was shot down while on a bombing mission over Germany. He sustained terrible injuries when he crash-landed, but he was pulled unconscious from his plane and taken to a German military hospital to recover. When he regained consciousness a few days later, a kindly German doctor was at his bedside. â€œMajor Howe,â€ said the doctor, â€œthe injuries that you received when your plane crashed are most severe. Both of your legs and both of your arms have extensive damage. In fact, your right leg has been crushed so badly, we have to amputate it immediately. I realize how terrible this must make you feel. I am a doctor first, and a German second. If I can do anything to comfort you, please donâ€™t hesitate to ask.â€ â€œWell, Doctor,â€ replied Major Howe, â€œthere is something that you can do for me. Can you give my amputated leg to the Luftwaffe and ask them to drop it over England during their next bombing mission. I sure would feel better if my leg wound up in good old England.â€ â€œI see no problem with that,â€ said the doctor. â€œConsider it done.â€ So after the operation, the doctor gave the amputated leg to a German officer with instructions to drop it over England. Unfortunately, two days later the doctor had to give Major Howe some more bad news. â€œMajor Howe,â€ said the doctor, â€œIâ€™m afraid that gangrene has set in on your left leg, and it too must be amputated. Any requests?â€ â€œYes,â€ he replied. â€œCould you drop that leg over England also?â€ â€œYa,â€ said the doctor, and after the operation he gave the Britâ€™s leg to the same German officer and asked him to dispose of it as before. One week later, the doctor had still more bad news for the Major. â€œMajor Howe,â€ said the doctor, â€œwe have done everything in our power to save your two arms, but Iâ€™m afraid that gangrene has set in on both of them and we must amputate immediately. Can I assume that â€¦â€ â€œYes,â€ interrupted the Major. â€œIf you would be so kind, old boy, please see that both of my arms are dropped over good old England.â€ The doctor promised to take care of his request and he again asked the same German officer to drop the amputated limbs over England. This time, however, the officer became perturbed and insisted on speaking with the British pilot. â€œSo,â€ said the German officer. â€œYou are the pilot who wanted his right leg dropped over England?â€ â€œYes,â€ replied Major Howe. â€œThat is jolly well correct.â€ â€œHmmmm. And then you wanted your left leg dropped over England?â€ â€œYes,â€ replied the Major. â€œThat is correct as well.â€ â€œAnd now you say you want both of your arms dropped over England?â€ â€œCorrect again,â€ replied the Major. â€mmmm, very interesting,â€ mused the suspicious German officer. â€œTell me something, Majorâ€¦ youâ€™re not trying to escape, are you?â€ Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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