Very interesting. I know of three similar examples among U.S., British and Soviet airmen.
Wikipedia: Nicholas Stephen Alkemade
, an English tail gunner in the Royal Air Force during World War II who survived a freefall of 18,000 feet
(5,490 m) without a parachute when abandoning his out-of-control, burning Avro Lancaster heavy bomber over Germany.
On the night of 24 March 1944, 21-year-old Alkemade was one of seven crew members in Avro Lancaster B Mk. II, DS664, of No. 115 Squadron RAF.
Returning from a 300-bomber-raid on Berlin, east of Schmallenberg, DS664 was attacked by a German Junkers Ju 88 night-fighter—flown by Hauptmann
Gerhard Friedrich of Nachtjagdgeschwader 6—and caught fire and began to spiral out of control. Because his parachute had gone up in flames and thus
was unserviceable, Alkemade jumped from the aircraft without it, preferring to die by impact rather than burn to death. He fell 18,000 feet (5,500 m)
to the ground below.
His fall was broken by pine trees and a soft snow cover on the ground. He was able to move his arms and legs and suffered only a sprained leg. The
Lancaster crashed in flames, killing pilot Jack Newman and three other members of the crew. They are buried in the Hanover War Cemetery.
Alkemade was subsequently captured and interviewed by the Gestapo, who were initially suspicious of his claim to have fallen without a parachute until
the wreckage of the aircraft was examined. The Germans gave Alkemade a certificate testifying to the fact. He was a celebrated prisoner of war,
before being repatriated in May 1945.
Wikipedia:Alan Eugene Magee
was an American airman during World War II who survived a 22,000-foot (6,700 m) fall from his damaged B-17 Flying
Fortress. He was featured in Smithsonian Magazine as one of the 10 most amazing survival stories of World War II.
On January 3, 1943, his Flying Fortress—B-17F-27-BO, 41-24620, nicknamed "Snap! Crackle! Pop!"—part of the 360th Bomb Squadron, 303rd Bomb
Group, was on a daylight bombing run over Saint-Nazaire, France. This was Magee's seventh mission.
Magee left his ball turret when it became inoperative after being damaged by German flak, and discovered his parachute had been torn and rendered
useless. Another flak hit then blew off a section of the right wing, causing the aircraft to enter a deadly spin. Magee, in the process of moving from
the bomb bay to the radio room, blacked out from lack of oxygen because of the high altitude and was miraculously thrown clear of the aircraft. He
fell over four miles before crashing through the glass roof of the St. Nazaire railroad station. The glass roof shattered, mitigating the force of
Magee's impact. Rescuers found him on the floor of the station.
Magee was taken as a prisoner of war and given medical treatment by his captors. He had 28 shrapnel wounds in addition to his injuries from the fall:
several broken bones, severe damage to his nose and eye, lung and kidney damage, and a nearly severed right arm.
Wikipedia: Ivan Mikhailovich Chisov
(Russian: Иван Михайлович Чисов, Ukrainian: Іван Михайлович Чиссов;
1916–1986) was a Soviet Air Force lieutenant who survived a fall of approximately 7,000 meters (23,000 feet). Some references give the spelling of
his last name as Chissov (Russian: Чиссов, Ukrainian: Чиссов).
Lieutenant Colonel Chisov was a navigator on a Soviet Air Force Ilyushin Il-4 bomber. In January 1942, Luftwaffe fighters attacked his bomber, forcing
him to bail out. Nikolai Zhugan, a crewman on Chisov's flight, later said that Chisov leapt from the plane at an altitude of approximately 7,000
meters (23,000 feet), though other references list Chisov's fall at 6,700 meters (Zhugan himself waited until the plane was at about 5000 meters
before also bailing out).
With the air battle still raging around him, Chisov intentionally did not open his parachute, since he feared that he would be an easy target for an
angry German pilot while he was dangling from his parachute harness. He planned to drop below the level of the battle, and open his chute, when he was
out of sight of the fighters. Due to the thin atmosphere at that altitude, however, he lost consciousness and was unable to pull the rip cord.
Chisov struck the edge of a snowy ravine at an estimated speed of somewhere between 190 and 240 km/h (120 and 150 mph), then slid, rolled, and plowed
his way to the bottom. The aerial battle had been seen by cavalry commander General Pavel Alexeyevich Belov. When Chisov was seen falling to the
ground, cavalrymen rushed to the site, and were surprised to find Chisov alive, still wearing his unopened parachute. Chisov regained consciousness a
short time later.
Chisov suffered severe injuries, including spinal injuries and a broken pelvis. He was operated on by surgeon Y. Gudynsky, and for a month his
condition was considered critical. Despite his injuries, he was able to fly again three months later. He requested to continue flying combat
missions, but was instead sent to become a navigational trainer.
Chisov flew over 70 combat missions during the course of his career.
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