Air Heroes: As Close As Brothers

About the Show

A wartime tale of heroism and courage in the skies above France in June 1944. The captain of a Lancaster bomber that has been crippled by enemy fire tries to keep the plane in the air while his crew bails out. However, mid-upper gunner Andrew Mynarski sees his colleague Pat Brophy, the tail gunner, trapped by a jammed turret door. Grabbing an axe, Mynarski ignores the flames around him and tries to free Brophy, but to no avail. After a heroic effort, Mynarski realises there is nothing more he can do so, backing through the flames and with his clothes burning, Mynarski salutes Brophy and jumps from the aircraft. Miraculously, Brophy survived to tell the tale while Mynarski was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross.