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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian05 Aug 2022 6:36 p.m. PST

…Lt. Martin James Monti was desperately flying an unarmed, modified P-38 Lightning photo reconnaissance plane across the Italian Front. Monti was an Army Air Forces pilot, but he wasn't on a recon mission. He had stolen the plane and was headed for the Nazi-occupied city of Milan to defect to the German Army…

Military: link

Deucey Supporting Member of TMP06 Aug 2022 8:38 a.m. PST

I couldn't read that link.

Here's another

Murvihill06 Aug 2022 8:48 a.m. PST

"American Nazis, I hate'm."

Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP06 Aug 2022 10:05 a.m. PST

Brother! Talk about walking the long way to get on the wrong bus….


Nine pound round06 Aug 2022 3:33 p.m. PST

And what timing! No time like the third quarter to join the losing team.

Old Glory Sponsoring Member of TMP07 Aug 2022 11:48 a.m. PST

Should have been shot !!

Russ Dunaway

CeruLucifus07 Aug 2022 2:34 p.m. PST

What a foolish deluded person.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP08 Aug 2022 1:02 p.m. PST

A great find though and well worth posting. I had never heard of this chap's story. I do wonder if he would have got off so lightly if a UK/Commonwealth service man. I suspect a "suspended sentence" would have been more likely for what was clearly high treason. A civilian aiding an enemy power is bad enough, but a member of the armed forces………….?

Nine pound round08 Aug 2022 1:50 p.m. PST

The closest analogous Commonwealth case I can think of would be Norman Baillie-Stewart, but he had been cashiered long before he went over to the Germans (and took their citizenship, which probably saved his life), and he didn't take a plane with him.

It's amazing to me that he thought this was worth doing so late in the war.

Dn Jackson Supporting Member of TMP09 Aug 2022 3:06 a.m. PST

There are nutters in every society. After all, people defected to the Soviet Union and Cuba.

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