Wayne Waddell: The Film That Saved A Vietnam POWHOW AN EAST GERMAN PROPAGANDA FILM SAVED A POWRet. Colonel, U.S. Air ForceWayne Waddell was an air pilot in the Vietnam War. He had 46 successful flights, but on his 47th mission, he was shot down. The U.S. government had no idea if he was dead or alive until they spotted him in an East German propaganda film. This is the clip from that film, “Pilots in Pajamas,” from which the U.S. gave confirmation to his parents that Waddell was, in fact, alive.