Why didn't Robert Anderson Hoover, and Jerome "Jerry" Ennis, request assistance from Russians that they ran into — to return to USA or UK? Sadly, the Russians (have) mistreated civilians. But would they have mistreated Hoover and Ennis? Would they not have simply transferred them back to the Americans?
Rather than trust Russians — why did Hoover risk infiltrating a Luftwaffe air base, being maimed or killed by the Wehrmacht mechanic, getting shot down in a Fw 190 by mistake by the Allies?
“The Russians never believed in being captured,” he said. “If you were captured, you were considered a collaborator. Those that were ever captured knew that they would be mistreated enormously when they got back to their country. We knew the philosophy of the Russians by then, so when they would ask us what had happened to us, I would say, ‘We were shot down over Berlin and we’ve been evading ever since.'”