"I had quite a few accidents where I could have lost my life," Isaacson said. In 1945 the engine of the plane he was in caught on fire, leading to an emergency landing on the North Sea, which was 120 miles from the land. During another incident that same year, A plane he was on was shot at in Berlin, Germany. One of the engines disabled, leading the veterans to fly without any maps. They managed to land at an air base controlled by Russia.