Written for Trifecta: Week 103. A difficult to believe story begins after the photo.
Genre: Speculative Fiction/Humor
Word Count: 333
One pilot sat separate at the “Remember Them” ww2 pilots convention. After interviewing many of the pilots, Calvin sat beside him. “Why are you sitting alone?” he asked.
“They think I’m crazy,” he replied, his face a mass of wrinkles and age spots, but eyes like eagle’s gazed out.
“I told them I had 188 kills in the war.”
“Whoa! The highest American got 40 I believe.”
“My missions were all top-secret testing. Never recorded.”
Any stories to tell?”
“Well, the wildest was in Spring 1944. I was testing the XP-72 over France. A whole squadron of German 109s jumped us and shot down my 4-plane escort in one pass. I was a quarter mile away so they didn’t get to me right off.
“I had to fight or die. I shot down 8 of the 12 before I ran out of ammo. They still had me surrounded and peppering me with bullets. So I started ramming them, putting my wingtip through the canopy to kill the pilot. Got two like that before I got too close and the enemy plane’s propeller jammed in the cockpit area. The tip broke and flew around inside the cockpit but missed me. I bailed out after that. The plane was breaking up.”
“I ain’t done yet! I parachuted safely, but a German patrol found me. Lucky me, that propeller blade fell beside me. I picked it up and charged the first guy holding the propeller out in front. It stopped two bullets before I knocked him unconscious with the blade. I took his gun and killed all but one of the patrol before I ran out of ammo, again. The last guy had one bullet left. He fired, but I stuck that propeller up again and stopped the last bullet. I survived and made it back to friendly lines.”
He IS crazy, thought Calvin.
Then he pulled out the tip of a German propeller from his backpack. Embedded in the blade, were three bullets.
“So? Think I’m crazy?”
Author’s note: The XP-72 did exist and was tested in 1944: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_XP-72
Trifecta’s weekly prompts permit 333 words a creativity. Here’s this week’s writing challenge: http://www.trifectawritingchallenge.com/2013/11/trifecta-week-103.html