Bulgaria Marks 65 Years since Death of Fighter Pilot Hero
On December 20, 1943, in the sky above Sofia Spisarevski took down an American bomber by crashing deliberately his fighter into it.
That day a group of about 200 American B-24 Liberator bombers accompanied by P-38 Lightning fighters set out to bomb the capital of Bulgaria, which at the time was an ally of Nazy Germany. They were met by 36 Bulgarian Messerschmitt Me-109G-2 fighters.
Spisarevski was one of the pilots on duty in the Bozhurishte air base. During Spisarevski first and only air battle, he evaded two American fighters, headed to a group of 16 Liberators and, without ceasing fire, crashed into the leading bomber.
Spisarevski's machine crashed at the heights near the village of Pasarel close to Sofia. The American bomber crashed on the other side of the village.
For the taking down of a four-engine bomber, he was credited posthumously with three aerial victories and promoted to the rank of captain. Spisarevski was buried in the Walk of Pilots in the Central Sofia Cemetery.
Dimitar Spisarevski was born in the northeast Bulgarian city of Dobrich in 1916. His family moved to western Bulgaria after the Treaty of Neuilly, which ceded Northeast Bulgaria to Romania.
In 1938, Spisarevski graduated from the pilot fighter school in Werneuchen, Germany. In the summer of 1943, he was one of the two Bulgarian pilots sent to the English Channel to observe the aerial warfare tactics.
On Saturday dozens of Bulgarians gathered at the place of Spisarevski's crash in the village of Pasarel to pay tribute to his heroic act.
As one of the Nazi Germany allies in World War II, Bulgaria declared a token war on the UK and the USA on December 13, 1941.
The Anglo-American bombardments of Sofia and other major Bulgarian cities took place between November 14, 1943, and April 17, 1944, and killed 1 347 persons, and damaged 12 564 buildings, 2 670 of which were completely destroyed.
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Your uncle was sent to bomb civilians and children.
It is well known that bombing the capital of Bulgaria was unnecessary and had no effect against the army. The Anglo-Americans went to deliberately bomb innocent people in order to show how mighty they are. It was a disaster for the capital inhabitants.
The story of this battle is more just a fight! And your try to compare a first class pilot and flight instructor with one of the many soldiers on the bombers is at least silly.
And my friend in BG we never had NAZIS. The regime was German oriented yes but only this. In fact we did not send any troops to fight with the enemy.
Before complaining you better learn the history or stay brainwashed in the Arms of America.
I agree. Nazis were pure evil and those that supported them, or were otherwise complicit in their deeds, are likewise reprehensible. l was just saying that my uncle, Samuel, who died in the bomber that Spisarevski brought down is in no way morally equivalent to the bugarian pilot. one collaborated with Nazis -- even if to "protect" his country -- my uncle fought the evildoers.
my uncle Samuel Schankerman was in the lead bomber that this bugarian pilot destroyed. he is no hero to me. it was just war, and he deserves no more credit than my uncle, who was at least fighting against Nazi fascism. I am sorry for all of the losses, but defending the Nazi regime is not equivalent to opposing it.
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Firs of all my congratulation for this interesting topic in which you have decided to share your opinion.
I 'm so glad the story of our great Bulgarian hero Dimitar Spisarevski inspires such a discussion.
Hick If the thought of that Spisarevski is noting but a Nazi bringing you happiness and satisfaction well….be happy!
Hicks don’t doubt we understand you because English is not our mother tongue but listen there will come a time you will understand in history (and in real life as well) there are no black and white! But this will come with time and years you will see!
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Hope you’ll enjoin it!
That surprises me, because I have heard just the opposite, and I have met many of them. As a matter of fact, a German FW 190 pilot, and my other friends often talked about different places they were, the battles they may have shared on opposite sides and etc. One friend, a b-17 pilot was shot down on his 3rd mission over Germany, and he says his captors treated him very well. The Germans who ran the camp loathed the SS and Gestapo as much as the Allied pilots did, and they made every effort to protect the pilots from them.
вЂњ Still, the official view is death by natural causes..
Remember some people think the moon landing was fake LOLвЂќ
And officially, Todor Zhivkov lived in near poverty: one of the housekeepers of his 40+ residencies testified at his trial that she was mending his socks. So he was found not guilty of corruption in any form or shape and let live his old age in comfort.
And officially, the ones that disappeared without a trace in the onset of the CommunistвЂ™s regime just walked away around September 1944 from their homes and forgot to come back. Until now, still вЂњofficiallyвЂќ missing.
Remember the dossiers? Officially, all the lies and fabricated misinformation provided by nameless collaborators stand. The people who died in the gulags and in misery from political persecution are still вЂњofficiallyвЂќ guilty of being вЂњenemies of the peopleвЂќ. Do you know the meaning of this term? I donвЂ™t. But almost all of the people I knew--educated, decent peopleвЂ”were branded as such. Officially. By-- to borrow KoledataвЂ™s term--the village trash. Btw, the todayвЂ™s village trash is descendant from the communistвЂ™s village trash of yester years.
You complain about corruption in Bulgaria when Bulgarians are still trying to sort out through their вЂњofficialвЂќ history to find something that can be salvaged from their traditional values, meanwhile you are beaming with pride about the valour of your compatriot fighting evil.
The point is that while the evil of war that touched your life came to an end, for entire people, including myself, the evil of one type of war just morphed into a the evil of another type of warвЂ”within the nation. And you have no idea what that means. And by all means it was not a fake war that lived in deranged minds of millions of people.