INCREDIBLE TRUE STORY - THE PILOT WHO
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We assure you, dear reader, this incident really happened. On a bombing mission over Germany Sept. 21, 1944. The Army Air Corps sent a large number of B-17s to an enemy target at Mantz, just a short distance from Frankfurt.
Here's what we were told happened . . .
Captain William Eisenhart was flying the mission with a very important passenger in his bomber - the youngest general at that time in the USAAC - Robert F. Travis (West Point Class of 1929). This flag officer was later killed in a B-29 crash after the war and a huge Air Force base in California named after him.
AN UNFORTUNATE "ACCIDENT"
In the summer of '44, a new policy had been instituted that pilots should not leave the cockpit area during a mission in order to urinate in the bomb bay. Pilots were advised to crack their cockpit slide window, get up on their haunches and let the slipstream carry their urine outside.
This effective technique was done on a strict condition that the pilot would personally clean the window immediately after landing.
During the Mantz mission, EIsenhart used this method to relieve himself, only to discover that Gen. Travis was smoking and had cracked his window, which created a cross-draft. Some of the urine swirled in the cockpit and hit the one-star full in the face.
THREATENED WITH COURT-MARTIAL
Upon landing, Travis chewed out the junior officer for a full half hour, threatened Eisenhart with court-martial, ordered him to immediately take down the bulletin board notice letter on the suggested urination method, and advised him that he was going to award the DFC (Distinguished Flying Cross) to the other officers on board, but was "damned if he would award a DFC" to the NOW-chastened captain.
This William Eisenhart became known as the only captain who had urinated in the face of a general and got away with it.
Sadly for him, Gen Travis - he was then 43 years of age - was killed in a B-29 crash August 5, 1950 when the bomber went down after take-off in California. Many of our Air Force readers know that Travis AFB was named after the fast-burner flag officer.
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