Was that an Ambrose dit?In late 1945 two US Army psychiatrists, Lt Col Roy Grinker and Major John Spiegel wrote a short account of their wartime experiences with the 12th Air Force in North Africa, and at the Central Medical Establishment of the Eighth Air Force in England. The account was published as a book entitled "Men Under Stress."
They give an account of four B-17 sergeant gunners (two waist, ball turret and rear gunner) who entered into a pact that they would never abandon their plane unless all could escape.
Inevitably the worse happened - the plane was hit, and the pilot gave the order to bail out. Unfortunately the release mechanism of the ball turret was jammed by shell fragments, trapping the ball gunner. The other three, all uninjured but unable to release their comrade were true to their word and went down with the stricken bomber. The story was related by the top turret gunner/flight engineer who was not part of the pact, and who managed to parachute to safety after seeing what had happened.