The actions that we make, be it good or bad, could sometimes resonate far more than we could ever imagine. Moreso, it could affect more lives than we could ever think so. One proof of that happened in World War II when an act of kindness and willingness to take the risk and save a person in need influenced other people’s lives three long generations later.

Off a Burning Plane

It was the dead of the night on May 6, 1944. Murray Simon, a 23-year-old American bomber pilot, found himself parachuting out of his burning plane after the Nazis shot it down as they were flying over German-occupied France. His luck seemed to have run out, as it was his 12th and final mission during World War II.

With him was his co-pilot, who was also a lieutenant with the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), a wartime espionage unit. They were ordered to fly late and fly low and remain in the cockpit. They had other six crew members who were getting ready to drop supplies and ammunition for the French resistance groups.

As for the two, they were supposed to release 12 canisters of explosives to blow up railroad tracks in the French countryside to hinder the Nazi movement ahead of the Normandy Landings that they were expecting to happen in a month. They were flying at 5,500 feet when a German night fighter shot them with 20 mm cannons and hit the gas tank that set their B-24 Liberator ablaze.