On day four of The Battle of the Bulge Matt Konop again ran into his brother-in-law, John Bauknecht. Konop had feared him dead. Instead, there they were in a Belgian clearing, sharing news about Two Rivers, Wisconsin.
A British Spitfire plane overhead suddenly dove toward them, machine guns blazing. Those pesky Germans! First they're dressing in American uniforms, now they're flying British planes. With Konop guiding the line of fire, Bauknecht machine-gunned the plane until it began to smoke and burst into flames. The pilot ejected and parachuted, the plane then crashing a few hundred yards from the clearing. Konop and Bauknecht then returned to the latest gossip from Two Rivers.
When Konop arrived back at the Command Post, General Robertson was yelling about a British pilot who said he had been shot down by two Americans. Robertson was determined to find and prosecute the two idiots responsible. Oops. They had shot down an ally, not an enemy. Konop slipped out of the Command Post, found his brother-in-law and told him to keep his big mouth shut. The British pilot might have lost his plane, but Konop and Bauknecht kept their silence