Tonsillitis saved my father but not his crew
My father James Tench was an RAF Lancaster Bomber Pilot in WWII. He did many many sorties with his crew but one time he couldn't go out on a raid as he came down with tonsillitis. My father didn't really like to talk about it as it was too painful for him, but he later learned that his plane "S for Sugar" and all his crew were shot down and all killed. My father went on to serve with the Royal Air Force and survived the War. I will always remember him telling me this painful story but I was and still am very proud of him for doing so.