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  • Published on Jan 9, 2022 veröffentlicht
  • Nicholas Alkemade was a tail gunner in a Lancaster. While on a mission over Germany his plane and parachute caught fire. The lesser of 2 evils was to jump out of the plane without a working parachute. Freefalling for 18,000 feet he incredibly survived
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  • Bintang Aslama
    Bintang Aslama 18 days ago +8098

    "this certificate is saying that Nick's free fall without a chute is legit"
    -Gestapo

    • bawbremy
      bawbremy 11 hours ago

      Suitable for Guinness Book of World Records

    • Nicolás Mgdloff
      Nicolás Mgdloff 4 days ago +3

      You can always count on your homies at the gestapo.

    • _Richie96_
      _Richie96_ 5 days ago

      @Kratos10 true but they still treated their hostages better than the soviets

    • J.o.n
      J.o.n 5 days ago

      @Unterseeboot45 holy crusade? No he was out to conquer all of the world and kill all people that were crippled, homosexuals,of other religions,ect he definitely wasn't trying to make his appearance to only be against Jews he was out to exterminate everyone that he found to be bad for his future,he didn't want cripples cause he deemed them a setback,also had many homosexuals killed aswell,now correct me if I'm wrong but that's what I read in my history books, unless they're now outdated..

    • Unterseeboot45
      Unterseeboot45 5 days ago +1

      The fact that such a simple quote turned into an all out argument shows honestly how far humans have degenerated.

  • ArxInvicta
    ArxInvicta 18 days ago +4414

    Gestapo Soldier: "There is no way anything could convince us his story is true"
    *scout the crash site and literally find a 4 meter deep human shaped hole in the snow*
    "Hans, prepare the certificate for incredibly unbelievable stories."

    • Captain Hawking Republic Forge
    • James henry
      James henry 7 days ago

      @Thomas Putko hunt
      Petrrgabriel
      Biko

    • P Campbell
      P Campbell 10 days ago +1

      "I jumped out of a airplane without a chute", Bull***,....,.., pulls out certificate..... "Dang you're a lucky s.o.b." 🤠

    • P Campbell
      P Campbell 10 days ago +1

      They had to give him a certificate of verification. Because they didn't freaking believe it and knew no one else would either. Very cool of them. 😉

    • baba goryo
      baba goryo 11 days ago

      is this story true?
      jumping from 5500 meters and alive?

  • PewPewDragon
    PewPewDragon 18 days ago +4546

    That's gotta be the best hand written certificate ever

    • Rob Tankbuster
      Rob Tankbuster 11 days ago +1

      It would be amazing if that certificate could be found today.

    • Wild Mountain Gwendy
      Wild Mountain Gwendy 15 days ago

      Lol they…‘Interviewed’ him 🤣🤣

    • Sun Tzu
      Sun Tzu 15 days ago

      @Daniel Poniatowski ok

    • Daniel Poniatowski
      Daniel Poniatowski 15 days ago +3

      @Sun Tzu that story has been around since i was a kid and well before that. theres quite a few fantastic instances like this. when you have hundreds of people jumping out of planes, every day somtimes, your gonna get a few odd tales.

    • Tyler M
      Tyler M 16 days ago

      That certificate’s legibility was actually most of Hitler’s foundation on white people being from a superior race.

  • Jabol Master
    Jabol Master 18 days ago +1634

    I like how the gestapo cared more about whether its fact or cap rather than getting valuable intel from an enemy

    • Illness
      Illness 12 days ago

      @WhatsTheCatch glad someone out here knows that social media/Internet is turning people into shit

    • 60iger
      60iger 12 days ago

      @John Smith You have watched too many Hollywood Movies 🤣

    • General Bongmeister
      General Bongmeister 12 days ago +1

      Cap or slap, if this story isnt true then we will execute this brit

    • WhatsTheCatch
      WhatsTheCatch 12 days ago

      @Illness My guess is that it was created by SHIT rappers who can’t rhyme words, and can’t accept that they should just get a real job & work hard like most people.. Instead they just resort to ascribing random definitions to words in order to rhyme with other words in their sewage like songs so that it would make logical sense..

    • Illness
      Illness 13 days ago +1

      @WhatsTheCatch fucking stupid, I’m glad you agree. It’s this new slang/ghetto talk that’s being pushing on the newer generations. Sounds idiotic.

  • 1mightydragon
    1mightydragon 18 days ago +1728

    Nicholas: "I got two choices 1) Definitely die by fire from this plane by staying. 2) Die instantly by falling. Well, at least the second option is instant."
    Jumps out of aircraft and lives.
    Nicholas: "WHAAAAT???"

    • Aslamstudio
      Aslamstudio 12 days ago +1

      Gets captured by germans
      Nicolas: i dont know which is worse, captured or burning

    • Matthew Cullen
      Matthew Cullen 12 days ago +1

      It's not the fall. Just the sudden impact

    • Frank Pohl
      Frank Pohl 13 days ago

      @inisipisTV mostly ww1.

    • inisipisTV
      inisipisTV 13 days ago +1

      Well, anyone who watched the movie "the Battle of Britain", knew the reason every pilot carries a pistol is to shot themselves if they caught themselves unable to escape a burning plane. The decision is a no-brainer.

    • pierre childress
      pierre childress 13 days ago +1

      @Max Pulido then you'll jump deeper into the fire you're already in. But you gonna jump lolz.

  • Chevy Suarez
    Chevy Suarez 18 days ago +3409

    Its funny how his story has to be backed up by gestapo of all people

    • Taco Tacotington
      Taco Tacotington 10 days ago +1

      @Rob Tankbuster It happened on all sides. Men saw their friends and countrymen taken out by people who then surrendered. They don’t just forget what happened before that.

    • Rob Tankbuster
      Rob Tankbuster 11 days ago +1

      @yagami113 if you watch the true story Band of brothers, the allies murdered many german POW's.

    • L.K
      L.K 13 days ago

      Well despite being the Gestapo they were also police and liked paperwork like any other kind of police

    • Halvorson
      Halvorson 14 days ago

      @Vinyl Scratch I was going to say the same thing. My grandmother was from Japan also, she lived through it. My grandfather(in the Air Force brought her back to America when he was stationed in Okinawa during the Korean War).

    • Dr. Bright
      Dr. Bright 14 days ago +2

      @Vinyl Scratch don’t forget the SEVERAL MILLION Germans that died while in American concentration camps after the war!

  • StrLab
    StrLab 18 days ago +191

    I thought from the title this video was the story of Marinos Mitralexis, Greek pilot in WWII who run out of bullets during the battle, decided to ram the tail of a stronger Italian plane, crashing it, made an emergency landing, and then captured the four surviving crew members of the Italian aircraft using his pistol (after first introducing to them and saluting them militarily).
    This Hollywood style skirmish is unkown to history.

    • BIG GEE
      BIG GEE 10 days ago

      @90MELHEM90 Good one!

    • 90MELHEM90
      90MELHEM90 14 days ago +9

      Does he have a Gestapo certificate proving his story is true?

    • Vinyl Scratch
      Vinyl Scratch 14 days ago

      Yarnhub, here's your next video

    • saltycrash 20
      saltycrash 20 17 days ago +3

      Pov: warthunder noobs

    • 10 Gamer
      10 Gamer 18 days ago +5

      So is that the reason why the bomber he shot down is called CANT? (CANT Z.1007)

  • John Foulke
    John Foulke 18 days ago +614

    Imagine, got a certificate for falling without parachute and survive

    • sonnyboy robinson
      sonnyboy robinson 11 days ago +1

      Yeah it's kind of like boxing now everybody gets a goddamn belt for any damn thing.

    • Cruxair
      Cruxair 14 days ago +1

      I bet it is sold on ebay somewhere

    • Terence Jay
      Terence Jay 14 days ago

      When we were kids in the late 50s we would sing a song about this, 'He jumped from 20 thousand feet without a parachute' .. Etc

    • Aden Perkins
      Aden Perkins 15 days ago

      “Hey good job NOT dying” -Some gustapo

    • Mariusz Kędzierawski
      Mariusz Kędzierawski 15 days ago

      Not too many of those exist

  • Tianming Jiang
    Tianming Jiang 18 days ago +303

    That has got to be the best gunner I've ever seen.

    • EROS
      EROS 10 days ago +3

      @Ryuko Kiryuin *Du-du dudu dudu du du du dudu du du du*

    • Kyoto Ben
      Kyoto Ben 11 days ago

      Umm, he didn't kill the pilot of the Yunker or down that plane so no way I would say he was the best tail gunner.

    • Douce france
      Douce france 13 days ago +1

      Search Miracle of St Nazair

    • Deathtrooper 900
      Deathtrooper 900 16 days ago +1

      I mean…he didn’t get the enemy plane.

      But hey we all see the value of having 9 luck

    • 27matso
      27matso 18 days ago +18

      **lands on a rock and dies**

  • Wild Wolf
    Wild Wolf 18 days ago +90

    Hello! Love your work! You actually inspired me to learn blender and other animation tools! Im working on my first piece right now! Keep up the good work!

    • Yarnhub
      Yarnhub  18 days ago +20

      Good luck with the animation!

  • What?
    What? 18 days ago +379

    Nicholas was about to commit *un-alive* when death replied *"Sike!"*

    • o
      o 11 days ago +2

      @Brodie O’ you gotta be trolling or you seriously drank battery acid as a baby huh?

    • Brodie O’
      Brodie O’ 11 days ago

      @K. O What fucking vibe? It’s basic English and more time conserving to just say suicide

    • K. O
      K. O 11 days ago +2

      First 3 replies did not pass the vibe check

    • Seikyo Hirusaki
      Seikyo Hirusaki 13 days ago +1

      "No self-delete today, sir."

    • o
      o 15 days ago +1

      "Un-alive" LOL I like that

  • Broken Bridge
    Broken Bridge 18 days ago +109

    I've heard of this story. This guy had a badly injured arm when he came down and feared he might lost it. That was until a German doctor saved it. Shame that Nicholas never truly met the man who saved his arm. To him that doctor must've been a hero.

    • Broken Bridge
      Broken Bridge 11 days ago

      @Rob Tankbuster---I never said I knew the doctors name. Just that a doctor saved that man's arm. But you might get an idea if you read the comments in my section.

    • Rob Tankbuster
      Rob Tankbuster 11 days ago

      @Broken Bridge that's incredible, what was the Doctors name?

    • Broken Bridge
      Broken Bridge 12 days ago

      @Single Stitch Mitch---Okay. Good.

    • Single Stitch Mitch
      Single Stitch Mitch 12 days ago +1

      @Broken Bridge we have all met each other back in 2018!

    • Sassan. Media
      Sassan. Media 12 days ago +1

      @Single Stitch Mitch your uncle is a hero

  • Lost Damn
    Lost Damn 18 days ago +199

    In Nicholas mind: "Roast to death by fire or Broken Bones?"
    Also Nicholas mind: "Bones healed"

    • A Chaps
      A Chaps 13 days ago

      Yeah but he died in 1987, so I guess the injuries caught up with him

    • Lost Damn
      Lost Damn 15 days ago

      @ThePhlyingPhish yeah it's buggy but i manage to done it all stealthy though, never failed once, not sure how

    • ThePhlyingPhish
      ThePhlyingPhish 15 days ago +1

      @Lost Damn running with the wolves is a good mission but the stealth is bugged, rescue the rescuers is my favorite

    • Lost Damn
      Lost Damn 16 days ago

      @ThePhlyingPhish it is pretty good, especially playing as the wolf pack sniping mission

    • ThePhlyingPhish
      ThePhlyingPhish 16 days ago

      @Lost Damn first game I ever played, still remember all the lines lol

  • Really Useful Trackmaster Fan

    “Hans, code red, get the “yea he jumped without a chute” certificate

  • you're a simp
    you're a simp 18 days ago +580

    Nicholas' boots: Feather Falling V, Unbreaking III, Mending

    Holy the likes man they flood faster than my balcony during a storm

    • 2 Short
      2 Short 14 days ago +1

      400? Lol ☠ you don't have many friends huh lol 😆

    • RazzleDev
      RazzleDev 14 days ago +1

      +protection V

    • PokeMageTech
      PokeMageTech 15 days ago +2

      Protective enchantments only go to level 4. (Without commands.)

    • DeusVult
      DeusVult 15 days ago +1

      @Rizal Ardiansyah slime block mlg ya filthy peasant

    • Misfit Gaming
      Misfit Gaming 16 days ago +2

      Nah he just had Commando Pro

  • Max Kronader
    Max Kronader 16 days ago +28

    Whenever anyone says "I had a very difficult choice to make." I'll remember this story and think "No, no you didn't. "

  • Myke Lengieza
    Myke Lengieza 15 days ago +43

    Dude, when the gestapo gives you, an enemy combatant, a certificate for badassery.... you're fucking BADASS

  • yuyuy667
    yuyuy667 17 days ago +21

    Gestapo1 : "But what about the valuable intel?"
    Gestapo2 : "Falling from a wrecked plane without a chute and surviving *IS* the valuable intel!"

  • Jeremy Stubbs
    Jeremy Stubbs 15 days ago +6

    That has to be one of the trippiest feelings ever to be laying in the snow looking up after being certain you were about to die.

  • Clifton84
    Clifton84 13 days ago +12

    When they found the wreckage, they found his chute that was burned up in the locker where it was stored for the tail gunner. That’s how they confirmed his story

  • Lord Lucius
    Lord Lucius 16 days ago +6

    “To whomever deals with this man, he will tell you he jumped over 10,000 feet from his plane, treat this mad lad with respect because it’s true.”
    Love,
    The Gestapo

    • Nunnin
      Nunnin 15 days ago

      18,000 feet in the air, that's amazing, he needs that respect

  • Oliver
    Oliver 18 days ago +19

    damn, he got lucky

    • 8-bit Steve
      8-bit Steve 18 days ago

      'damn'? Surely it was a good thing.

  • Teka look
    Teka look 16 days ago +23

    At that point gestapo felt like there's no way we intervene with fate from a man that survive a fuckin 18000 ft free fall

    • s0ulshot
      s0ulshot 14 days ago

      Yeah, like what happens if you try to kill him? Universe was already once against it so I wouldn't try and find out.

  • SlumByNature
    SlumByNature 18 days ago +5

    Amazing story. Highly recommend looking it up on Clip-Share where he tells the story himself as well.

  • pokefan 1000
    pokefan 1000 18 days ago +1

    Nicholas Stephen Alkemade (10 December 1922 - 22 June 1987) was an English tail gunner in the Royal Air Force during World War II who survived a freefall of 18,000 feet (5,490 m) without a parachute after abandoning his out-of-control, burning Avro Lancaster heavy bomber over Germany.

  • Nate S
    Nate S 14 days ago +5

    When even the enemy is like, "Shit, that's impressive."

  • XxTheBigToexX
    XxTheBigToexX 16 days ago +1

    Amazing how you can fit an entire story in a short, love your content bro

  • Galapot
    Galapot 18 days ago +15

    Really nice content! Keep up the work!

  • McNulty's Sober Companion

    I can't be the only American who saw the thumbnail and was mystified over exactly how "high" 5500 meters is.

    • inisipisTV
      inisipisTV 13 days ago

      Google is friend. (and harsh mistress.)

    • Mark (hc) Hutsell
      Mark (hc) Hutsell 14 days ago

      Well, if you aren't doing any scientific experiments, just go with 5500 yards.

      The meter is 3 inches longer than a yard. So, every 4 meters is an extra foot or... every 12 meters is an extra yard. If you use 10 (instead of 12) then it's easy to figure out (if wanted) that it's a little more than another couple of hundred (6014) yards. Or, just add 10%.

      This ball parking also works with the other stuff: liters and quarts are the same, so that 4 liters equal about a gallon; 2 klicks for each 1 mile; 2 lbs for each kilo -- temp is a similar 2 for 1 but you have to dick around with 32.

      Its something that I learned works pretty well when I temporarily left the US. After awhile, one can do it in either direction without thinking much about it.

    • Groza Dallocort
      Groza Dallocort 17 days ago +1

      18044 feet

  • Mitch Swanson
    Mitch Swanson 16 days ago +4

    An adventure to last a lifetime of nonbelievers. Incredible experience. Many have unbelievable stories so I listen. Thank you.

  • cgrscott
    cgrscott 12 days ago

    Our public school english class read this WWII account when I was in eighth grade in the 1970s. It always seemed like the story was about a tail gunner in the US Air Force. I did not know it was the story of a British Royal Air Force bomber crew member. Also, my recollection was that the tale gunner station had no room for a parachute and that was why he leaped without a parachute. The historical account says he had a shoot but it was burnt up. Maybe this scenario happened more than once amongst the allies or, more likely, my memory of the story in my public school English class is very flawed. Thanks, Yarnhub, for recreating this short, but true, story in computer animated form.

  • Mark Chona
    Mark Chona 6 days ago +1

    What a hero. Incredible.

  • Sage Force
    Sage Force 10 days ago

    Lancasters were powerful planes but incredibly slow and vulnerable to light aircraft attacks. Once locked in there was no escaping so they had to complete missions quickly and effectively

  • NEMESIS
    NEMESIS 18 days ago +28

    Amazing story and an amazing channel!

  • Shlomper
    Shlomper 15 days ago +5

    Soviet “paratroopers” in Finland weren’t given parachutes and told to aim for the deep snow

  • Common Sense Prevails

    This reminds me a little of my Uncles story where he was heading to bail out of his Lancaster but he cracked his head and got knocked out as he was about to jump out. Next thing he knew he was waking up in deep soft snow, but his chute was open so someone must have opened it for him, but none of the rest of the crew survived so he never knew how he managed to get out let alone open his chute. Just a bizarre one.

  • Joseph Espinoza
    Joseph Espinoza 15 days ago

    Being a former paratrooper of the 82nd airborne division, remarkable story.

  • enz0
    enz0 18 days ago +2

    Luckily, at the last second, he switched to creative mode and took no fall damage.

  • Luxury Trading
    Luxury Trading 16 days ago

    Great guy. Even the enemy would have been moved by the action.

  • Richard Bradley
    Richard Bradley 18 days ago +4

    Real super heroes dont need capes.

  • Håkan Bergvall
    Håkan Bergvall 18 days ago +1

    One nitpicky detail: he did not smash the turret open, he cranked it sideways and rolled out back first.

  • Heath Halfhill
    Heath Halfhill 11 days ago

    Bravest generation ever I swear! My grand pap was one of many heroes that I will always love and respect. Todays youth haven’t a clue honestly if they were faced with the same responsibilities for the most part. Some do but most don’t.

  • niduoe stre
    niduoe stre 13 days ago +1

    Dude, when the gestapo gives you, an enemy combatant, a certificate for badassery.... you're fucking BADASS

  • Beniii
    Beniii 14 days ago +11

    His voice just makes the documentary just so much more entertaining

  • Amarican
    Amarican 18 days ago

    This reminds me of a story I heard a long time ago where a B-17 ball turret gunner bailed without a parachute and survived by landing on a glass roof of a train station that slowed his fall.

    • Groza Dallocort
      Groza Dallocort 17 days ago

      Well the glass roof is soft compared to the concrete or wood next to it

  • alida flus
    alida flus 7 days ago

    Whenever anyone says "I had a very difficult choice to make." I'll remember this story and think "No, no you didn't. "

  • Mark Fryer
    Mark Fryer 15 days ago

    The Lancaster was being tracked on German radar during the interception by the Ju-88 Night Fighter and so the Luftwaffe was able to confirm the height at which the rear gunner fell from. They were also able to provide an approximate location for the crashed aircraft. I first read about this story when I was at school in the early 80s and it just didn't seem possible. But it was.
    Mark from Melbourne Australia

  • MatchstalkMan
    MatchstalkMan 12 days ago

    They did not believe him at first until he asked them to bring his parachute harness.

    He pointed out where parts were still in place.

    If he had used a parachute, they would have been dislodged. It proved his story was true.

    After checking with a parachute expert, he was given the certificate for surviving the fall.

  • Karron Pitman
    Karron Pitman 7 days ago

    What a story! This guy was so lucky!

  • UnoDos.
    UnoDos. 15 days ago

    Imagine being a british ww2 vet with a certificate from the gestapo of all confirming he did in fact survive a free fall without a parachute.

  • Duncan McGee
    Duncan McGee 15 days ago +3

    Gestapo: *finds dude dressed in aviator uniform unconscious in deep snow surrounded by broken tree limbs and absolutely no footprints*

    Also Gestapo: theres no way this dude jumped from a plane

  • DirtyOldNerd
    DirtyOldNerd 15 days ago +3

    I read about this years ago but it’s still wild to hear today!

  • Chad Cuckproducer
    Chad Cuckproducer 15 days ago

    A friend's step dad was running from the police on a nearby mountain. He jumped a fence to get away and accidentally flung himself off a 180 ft cliff. He hit tree branches under both his armpits which slowed him down enough to live through it even though he broke about 3/4 of the bones in his body.

  • Delivery man
    Delivery man 17 days ago

    I can feel the awkwardness of not believing someone who told you that they jumped without a parachute and survived, only to find out it's legit

  • Brad Moberly
    Brad Moberly 15 days ago

    Can you imagine the range of emotions felt right b4 he jumped.

  • Odd-ysseus Does Stuff
    Odd-ysseus Does Stuff 18 days ago +8

    Hey! It dies feel like landing on a pillow!
    -This guy, probably

  • Duke DeHazard
    Duke DeHazard Day ago +1

    He needed that Achievement....and boy did he get it!

  • Robert Wallace
    Robert Wallace 13 days ago

    I remember reading this story when I was in about 5th grade in 1976. He broke an arm an a leg, and had some bad scratches. Otherwise he fared well considering.

  • Stewburt
    Stewburt 16 days ago

    I want to know how in the hell they found him in the woods and snow after a fall that far 😅

  • Daniel Poniatowski
    Daniel Poniatowski 15 days ago

    i think he lost a boot as well which was then handed in after being found a good distance from where he landed. dunno what that proved other than he jumped from a plane but read it in the original story. there was another where the pilot couldnt let the controls go and jump after the crew because the plane was badly damaged and went crazy when he tried. it then blew up an he was in free fall with no chute an falling with the debris. he then hit somthing that said "ouch" so he grabbed it. it was his navigator, i think, and he decended safely with him.

  • TK_the_Onion
    TK_the_Onion 18 days ago +5

    I wish more official documents were handwritten just like that: "it's true"

  • SomeFurryGuy1
    SomeFurryGuy1 18 days ago +11

    "Trust you bro, no cap."
    -gestapo

    • E621
      E621 10 days ago

      Gunner: “So do I get to go home now?”

      Gestapo: “nope, you a piece of paper”

  • Tim Tebow
    Tim Tebow 13 days ago

    Wow what a lucky guy. How many people have fallen from that high and lived to tell the tale? I bet it's not many.

  • Donald Johnson
    Donald Johnson 12 days ago

    Thanks Nicholas for Your Brave Service Rest in Peace as My Korean War Vet Father died in 1988

  • Fl0yd-
    Fl0yd- 14 days ago +6

    Even gestapo went “well shit that’s badass, here’s a certificate that says we back you up”

  • Christina Robleto
    Christina Robleto 15 days ago

    The men of that day were extremely brave. Now you rarely see that.

  • Lee B
    Lee B 13 days ago

    Saw this guy interviewed in the 70s .
    A very lucky man.

  • Edward Williams
    Edward Williams 5 days ago

    He could have did a nose dive and jumped when he got a lot closer to the ground. So miraculous how he lived

  • Man of Truth
    Man of Truth 15 days ago

    That man needs a statue in the aviation museum!

  • Mathias Andersson
    Mathias Andersson 18 days ago +1

    @Yarnhub You should continue with this story as after the war Nicholas cheated death two more times. I wrote about this when I was in Highschool and from my memory I remember that Nicholas worked at a factory and fell down and breathed in dangerous gas, only to emerge from there unharmed.

    Thank you or taking it up.

  • YOYODADA
    YOYODADA 17 days ago +1

    well, landing on trees and into snow is accurately a safe bet to survive

  • Michael Brown
    Michael Brown 9 days ago

    That's phenomenal he survive not one 2 but 3 deadly threats all at once that's why some ppl are just built different

  • Ralph Peirson
    Ralph Peirson 13 days ago

    I read about that years ago when WW II stories were common. His parachute was up in the body of the plane and was on fire. As I remember, he was captured by either the locals or the military.

  • Joseph Gloria
    Joseph Gloria 18 days ago

    This guy deserves to be a certified hood classic

  • da potatoe
    da potatoe 14 days ago +1

    He was just a rookie trooper and he surely shook with fright
    They check off his equipment and made sure his pack was tight
    He had to sit and listen to those awful engines roar
    YOU AINT GONNA JUMP NO MORE!

  • Veri†as e† aequi†as

    I read about this story in a book once, but I don't remember its title. However, I remember that it was written there that this man turned completely gray after this fall.

  • Lord Quas
    Lord Quas 12 days ago

    Incredibly hard to escape the Lancaster tailgun cockpit many of them didn't make it

  • Which1’sPink
    Which1’sPink 13 days ago +1

    That is an incredible story! Wow

  • Douglas Gibson jr.
    Douglas Gibson jr. 14 days ago

    I've heard this story before but there's one thing when you show him jumping out of the Lancaster he's jumping out of a hole in the side of the rear turret but I heard turn the turret open the rear door and then jumped out

  • Ian L
    Ian L 17 days ago

    Read a story once where a B-17 rear gunner had no parachute when the bomber was shot down. His chute was in the other half of the plane, and the tail portion was free falling towards the Earth. He passed out at one point before the bomber was cut in half, it wasn't until he woke up that he was falling to his death with the other half of the plane missing. Luckily, he did survive the landing with a few broken ribs I believe. And he also survived the war, but I can't remember his name, only his story.

  • EgGmAn
    EgGmAn 14 days ago

    So badass even the enemy respected it

  • the war archives
    the war archives 18 days ago

    He definitely spent all his skill points in health and luck

  • Potato Smasher
    Potato Smasher 18 days ago +32

    That note was a nice touch lol

  • Dixie Reqt
    Dixie Reqt 15 days ago

    Well terminal velocity is about 120 mph. The trees probably slowed him enough that the snow just catches him instead of smashing him.

  • Mark Overton
    Mark Overton 15 days ago

    Hell of a trip after a drop like that would you care that the gestapo found you, respect to the gestapo to certificate his fall 👍

  • MegaKaiser45
    MegaKaiser45 18 days ago

    Wow, a clash between two bombers must be one of the most uncanny events that ever happened during the war.

    • Ry Lueb
      Ry Lueb 17 days ago +1

      @Vir agreed

    • Vir
      Vir 18 days ago +3

      Not that rare actually. The JU 88 was a multi role plane and could also be configured as a bomber interceptor/night fighter, designed specifically to go after bombers. Even before these versions there are cases of actual JU 88 bombers hunting down enemy bombers, such as during the Battle of France.

    • Ry Lueb
      Ry Lueb 18 days ago +1

      they used the JU 88 as a tactical bomber so, i guess?

    • Elixir
      Elixir 18 days ago +4

      I u refer this to Ju 88: It was a multirole platform, the C-series were specialized versions for nightfighting and/or intercepting.

  • abbsnn cose
    abbsnn cose 10 days ago +1

    His voice just makes the documentary just so much more entertaining

  • Oskar Andersen
    Oskar Andersen 16 days ago

    What a lad. Now may he Rest In Peace

  • Parker Beebe
    Parker Beebe 17 days ago

    They really went and found the plan and the hole he fell in and was like “yep okay this guy has got some real stones here’s a certificate”. Bro imagine the story to Nick’s grandkids

  • Y5 Firefly's channel
    Y5 Firefly's channel  11 days ago +1

    Man, it's a very good thing that guy landed in a thick layer of snow.
    Otherwise I don't know how things will go

  • Efren Montes
    Efren Montes 14 days ago

    God Bless Him🕊

  • sparrow
    sparrow 17 days ago +1

    Only if my gunners in war thunder were this durable

  • saltycrash 20
    saltycrash 20 17 days ago +8

    "I don't believe you"
    *Finds a loony toons hole in the snow*
    "Give this man a certificate"

  • laernulieNlaernulieNlaernulieN

    "well, I'd rather die from falling than being burned alive" - lands in the snow, unharmed! 😎

  • Colinator
    Colinator 18 days ago

    What are the odds of landing in soft snow (That was such a close call)

  • Flinch Fu
    Flinch Fu 14 days ago

    Geez. I bet that landing felt great.

  • Robin Vyncke
    Robin Vyncke 15 days ago

    This would have taken place at night
    The Avro Lancaster was a night-time bomber (daytime bomb was done by the US B-17) and the Ju-88, originally designed as a bomber, was utilised as a night-fighter.

  • ANTIMATTER
    ANTIMATTER 14 days ago

    They knew no one he told would believe him so they gave him a certificate. Nice guys

  • Wajeeh Guro
    Wajeeh Guro 16 days ago +1

    Me testing if there is fall damage in FPS games:

  • Zane Frohn
    Zane Frohn 17 days ago

    There is another story where a similar person jumped without a parachute over Paris and survived after crashing through glass in a mall I believe