Page 494. " He stepped through the remainder of trees to where the body of the plane was fixed to the ground. "

In total, an estimated 38,000 aircraft were lost during World War II, with the deaths of over 70,000 pilots and military personnel.

Pilots of shot-down aircraft were often captured and tortured, so Rudy's act of kindness towards the pilot who was partly responsible for bombing his homeland shows his compassion and understanding.