Moderators: richierich, ua900, PanAm_DC10, hOMSaR

 
Blackbird
Topic Author
Posts: 3384
Joined: Wed Oct 06, 1999 10:48 am

Question Regarding Kills

Sat Aug 30, 2008 7:15 am

I got a question.

Why is it over the top if a fighter pilot after shooting down an enemy who bailed out went after the guy as he parachuted down and sprayed him full of lead as he parachutes to earth. yet perfectly acceptable for helicopter crews to systematically kill every last person to run out of a tank after blowing the tank up?


Blackbird
 
TheSonntag
Posts: 4540
Joined: Wed Jun 15, 2005 7:23 pm

RE: Question Regarding Kills

Sat Aug 30, 2008 11:22 pm



Quoting Blackbird (Thread starter):

There is a legal difference between the two. The tank crew are still combattants, as they can continue to fight on earth as infantry soldiers.

A fighter pilot is helpless while sitting in the Parachute and has lost his ability to be of any military importance, unlike a paratrooper, who may be shot.

I would have to look on the details of the military public international law to be more precise, though.

Regardless of the details, I do think shooting a tank crew to pieces once it tries to escape isn't nice at all, either. War in general is cruel and unhuman.
 
DeltaGuy
Posts: 3965
Joined: Wed Sep 12, 2001 5:25 am

RE: Question Regarding Kills

Sat Aug 30, 2008 11:46 pm

War is crude, but a necessary crude.

The pilot hanging in his chute after a successful bailout is a non-combatant at that time, defenseless and unarmed (save for a pistola perhaps). If caught he is a POW, if rescued, he is now a combatant again.

The tank crew escaping their tanks are still combatants, and are usually still armed.

Then again when was the last time anyone except a NATO country abided by the Geneva Conventions?

DeltaGuy
 
gsosbee
Posts: 365
Joined: Sun Jan 23, 2005 8:40 am

RE: Question Regarding Kills

Tue Sep 02, 2008 12:52 am



Quoting DeltaGuy (Reply 2):
Then again when was the last time anyone except a NATO country abided by the Geneva Conventions?

 checkmark 
 
sprout5199
Posts: 1681
Joined: Sat Feb 26, 2005 8:26 am

RE: Question Regarding Kills

Tue Sep 02, 2008 3:17 am



Quoting TheSonntag (Reply 1):
A fighter pilot is helpless while sitting in the Parachute and has lost his ability to be of any military importance, unlike a paratrooper, who may be shot.

I also believe that its a "pilot" thing. Every pilot know that he might get shot down also. My uncle was shot down in WWII and the Luftwaffe sent him to a "special" pow camp for aircrews, hoping that the allies would do the same to thier aircrews.

Just like if you sink a ship, you always try to rescue the crew if possible. The sea has its own "laws", and everyone who sails them know to help/rescue anyone in distress(even if you caused that "distress").

Dan in Jupiter

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Buckeyetech, NLCFFX, ThePointblank and 9 guests

Popular Searches On Airliners.net

Top Photos of Last:   24 Hours  •  48 Hours  •  7 Days  •  30 Days  •  180 Days  •  365 Days  •  All Time

Military Aircraft Every type from fighters to helicopters from air forces around the globe

Classic Airliners Props and jets from the good old days

Flight Decks Views from inside the cockpit

Aircraft Cabins Passenger cabin shots showing seat arrangements as well as cargo aircraft interior

Cargo Aircraft Pictures of great freighter aircraft

Government Aircraft Aircraft flying government officials

Helicopters Our large helicopter section. Both military and civil versions

Blimps / Airships Everything from the Goodyear blimp to the Zeppelin

Night Photos Beautiful shots taken while the sun is below the horizon

Accidents Accident, incident and crash related photos

Air to Air Photos taken by airborne photographers of airborne aircraft

Special Paint Schemes Aircraft painted in beautiful and original liveries

Airport Overviews Airport overviews from the air or ground

Tails and Winglets Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos