This is not in any shape or form a war crime,Centurion wrote:Thought that I would post a few incidents that I have read about that (I think) would be considered war crimes;
1. In his book "Thunderbolt", American ace Robert Johnson describes how he obtained his 23rd victory; by shooting a German pilot who was in the act of bailing out. The German fellow had one leg outside the cockpit when the rounds from Johnson's machine guns knocked him back inside. Now, this German was no more of a threat to Johnson than a man floating down on a parachute. Johnson went on to rationalize why he had shot him-because had he not, the German would have certainly gone on to down more allied bombers since the German pilot was "as good as I had ever met. Number 23!"
The german pilot is merely escaping from his damaged aircraft, he has not surrended or even attempted to surrender.
Therefore under the international rules of war then in existance, the US pilot is fully entitled to shoot at him.
The fact he is of no threat to the US pilot at that time is of no importance.
If you think about it, this is no different than firing at an enemy soldier who is retreating from the battlefield.
You may consider it not nice, but when has war ever been 'nice'