As Close As Brothers (World War 2 Pilot Documentary) | Timeline

June 13th, 1944, a Lancaster screams through the sky above France. The captain struggled to keep the dying plane level, but the situation was hopeless. He ordered the crew to bailout.

Before he jumped mid-upper gunner Andrew Mynarski realised Pat Brophy, was stuck at his post and plunged through burning hydraulic fluid to help his friend. He grabbed an axe and hacked away at the turret door, ignoring his friend’s pleas that he jump and save himself. After a heroic effort, Mynarski realized there was nothing more he could do. He backed through the flames and when he reached the door, with his clothes burning, Mynarski gave Brophy a salute, and jumped from the plane.

As Close as Brothers is the story of Andrew Mynarski; a 27 year old man who did the unthinkable: he literally walked through hell itself to help save a friend’s life. For this act of courage he was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross; an award only bestowed upon one other airman in the whole RCAF during World War 2.

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  1. Great story, this is one amazing documentary. thanks for sharing. Timeline's youtube channel is better then the last 10 years of the history channel. thanks guys.

  2. Very brave men. My own family has a connection with a British navigator who flew with an Australian pilot and a Canadian co-pilot in an Avro Lancaster. All under 22 years old and all lost in a raid over Cologne.
    Look at a 22 year old now and imagine…..incredible.

  3. I've really enjoyed this video as I sit at home about 5 miles from Middleton St George, in North Yorkshire, close to the River Tees. After the RAF handed it over to civilian use, it became known as Teesside Airport. I had the pleasure of meeting Ab Dennis from North Bay, who was a Lanc rear gunner…he was only small :)) ….when he and a party of veterans visited the satellite field at Croft (Scorton) to unveil a memorial there. I also had the pleasure of having Ab on the jump seat of the DC9, when we flew him to Heathrow on his return journey home.

  4. No, the kids of today would not be able to fill those shoes. Nor would they be willing to. Thanks to the greatest generation for showing us what love for your country and love for your brothers in arms truly is.


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