Yesterday I took part on a meeting, devoted to Bulgarian Me-109G ace pilot Nedelcho Bochev and the anniversary of his birth. It was inspiring event! You can't read this in books, you can't hear it from anyone else. There, in the little hall, were three or four old men, carrying their stories about past and almost forgotten times. Amazing! Commander of Jagdpanzer IV L/70
was in tears, while talking about his military school-fellow Nedelcho Bochev. I got an autograph from an old man, who flew the famous Do-17
, bombing Macedonia and Greece in the very end of WW2. And after that, I had a short conversation with a humble man, sitting calmly there. "I was a pilot of Arado 196",
he said. Couldn't believe my eyes! Yes, this man was among the pilots of those 12 Arado's, who fley over Black sea in search of submarines from 1943 to 1944.
You should have seen these men. Amazing! Still having that sparkles in their eyes from the times which will never return.