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Angel Flight West and "A Higher Calling"

"A Higher Calling" by John Shaw

Time: Saturday, December 8, 2012 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Event Type: Public Program

Location: William M. Allen Theater

Larry Chambers and artist John Shaw will talk about Angel Flight West, a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization that arranges free, non-emergency air travel for children and adults with serious medical conditions and other compelling needs, and about John's artwork, "A Higher Calling," which depicts an act of mercy during the air war of WWII.

Encountering a mortally-wounded Eighth Air Force B-17 limping back to England, Luftwaffe ace Franz Stigler anticipated an easy kill, and another opportunity to avenge his brother’s death at the opening of World War II. As he approached the virtually helpless American plane, however, seeing the faces of the dead and wounded, Stigler’s eyes met those of pilot Charles Brown. Despite the potentially severe consequences of letting an enemy plane go, Stigler found that he had to answer a higher call…Mercy.

Expecting the worst at any moment, Brown marveled as the enemy Me109 stuck with him all the way to the North Sea coast. His adversary then saluted him and veered away, allowing the astonished Brown to journey home. With this encounter engraved into the minds of both pilots for decades after the war’s end, the two men remarkably discovered each other in 1990. Over the years that followed, their friendship developed to the point that Stigler considered Brown to have replaced he brother he had lost.

The painting A Higher Call was completed in 2009, and depicts the moment in time in which Franz Stigler saluted Charles Brown and crew before veering off and allowing them to return home.

This program is included with Museum admission and is free for members.

In keeping with the theme, Puget Sound Blood Center will have a blood donation van at the Museum from 10 am to 4 pm. Those who donate get 2-for-1 passes for the day!

Make your reservation with Puget Sound Blood Center, https://www.securedata-trans5.com/ap/pugetsoundbloodcenter/index.php?pag...