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  • Returning to England from a bombing run in May 1945, flyer Peter Carter's plane is damaged and his parachute ripped to shreds. He has his crew bail out safely, but figures it is curtains for himself. He gets on the radio, and talks to June, a young American woman working for the USAAF, and they are quite moved by each other's voices. Then he jumps, preferring this to burning up with his plane. He wakes up in the surf. It was his time to die, but there was a mixup in heaven. They couldn't find him in all that fog. By the time his "Conductor" catches up with him 20 hours later, Peter and June have met and fallen in love. This changes everything, and since it happened through no fault of his own, Peter figures that heaven owes him a second chance. Heaven agrees to a trial to decide his fate.

    - Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>
  • Returning from a bombing mission over Europe during World War II, Capt. Peter Carter is the only survivor aboard his heavily damaged Lancaster. He's ordered his crew to bail out but knows he's not going to make it as he cannot land the plane and his parachute isn't functional. He makes contact with an Allied radio operator, June and she is amazed at his resilience in the face of death. Miraculously, he wakes up on the beach with a headache and not much else. He meets June and they immediately fall in love. There has been a mistake however. He was supposed to die but was missed by the Heavenly messenger who was to collect him due to a particularly thick English fog. When the messenger calls on him to accompany him to the great beyond, he demands the opportunity to defend himself and argue that as a result of the mistake, he has now fallen in love and should be allowed to live out his life and remain on Earth.

    - Written by garykmcd
  • On 02 May 1945 during the World War II, the Englishman and Commander Peter David Carter is returning to England in a bomber on fire, without parachute and with the pilot Bob dead. He contacts the June from the American Air Force on land and they start a conversation. June tells that she is single and is presently living in Lee Wood, at the seaside, and Peter explains his situation and asks June to send a telegram to his mother, and tells that he will jump from the plane since he does not want to burn with the plane. Peter awakes in the surf of Lee Wood beach and he meets June and they fall in love with each other. Meanwhile in Heaven, the Conductor 71 admits to the Powers That Be that he committed a mistake and lost Peter in the fog. Then he meets Peter and tells him that he must go to Heaven since he should have died in the fall. But Peter claims to the Court of Appeals in Heaven claiming that the negligence of the Department of Records had allowed him to fall in love with June and he deserves a second chance. Down on Earth, June takes Peter to Doctor Reeves and the doctor finds a brain concussion that may be causing hallucinations in Peter and tells that he must operate in an urgent basis. While Peter is submitted to a surgery, heaven agrees to open a case in court and judge his fate.

    - Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • On 02 May 1945 during the World War II, the Englishman and Commander Peter David Carter is returning to England in a bomber on fire, without parachute and with the pilot Bob dead. He contacts June from the American Air Force on land and they start a conversation. June tells that she is single and is presently living in Lee Wood, at the seaside, and Peter explains his situation and asks June to send a telegram to his mother, and tells that he will jump from the plane since he does not want to burn with the plane. Peter awakes in the surf of Lee Wood beach and he meets June and they fall in love with each other. Meanwhile in Heaven, the Conductor 71 admits to the Powers That Be that he committed a mistake and lost Peter in the fog. Then he meets Peter and tells him that he must go to Heaven since he should have died in the fall. But Peter claims to the Court of Appeals in Heaven claiming that the negligence of the Department of Records had allowed him to fall in love with June and he deserves a second chance. Down on Earth, June takes Peter to Doctor Reeves and the doctor finds a brain concussion that may be causing hallucinations in Peter and tells that he must operate in an urgent basis. While Peter is submitted to a surgery, heaven agrees to open a case in court and judge his fate.

    - Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • A British wartime aviator who cheats death must argue for his life before a celestial court.

    - Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

Synopsis

Squadron Leader Peter D. Carter is a British bomber pilot on his war back from a bombing mission over Nazi Germany towards the end of WWII...

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