History | WWII pilot Bill Patten faced perils of combat and turned to God
by Sharon Dierberger
Posted 11/19/20, 02:44 pm
Fifth in a series on war veterans
Over Regensburg, Germany, flak not only hit the plane, but tore into a crew member and the chief pilot’s thigh. As the pilot tried to stanch bleeding, co-pilot Bill Patten took over the controls.
Patten, 26, was a pilot with the 15th Air Force. He had a wife and daughter back home in Kansas City, Mo. Once in a while he’d read a Bible someone had sent to him, but as a not-too-religious military man, he took little comfort in it.