Mailer’s experiment connects to Longstreet’s 1943 experiment, and so although the plane is teleported to Weisbaden, it is also sent to May 3rd 1943, where it lands on a Nazi airfield. Mahler is there, works out the rudiments of what he has, claims that he invented it, and on May 5th has it drop its nuclear payload on Washington, D.C. Germany wins World War II, but having severely underestimated the power of the explosives loses the jet in the blast, and Mahler cannot recreate it. He becomes something of a disgrace, and in 1963 commits suicide–although not, apparently, before fathering Mailer, who is now some kind of scientific authority in what was the Western United States and is now a nightmarish oppressed territory of a vast Nazi empire. This German Mailer is also working with the Philadelphia Experiment files (as was his American Mailer divergent self), and has concluded that somehow a jet from the future was delivered to the past; he wants to create a time machine that will allow him to warn his father, so that with a slight adjustment to the flight plan the jet can escape the blast and return to Germany.
The peculiar wrinkle in all of this involves David’s di-ribonucleaic acid (DNA). The conclusion is reached that only David Herdeg was able to travel through time because of some peculiarity in his genes. German Mailer is trying to develop a serum that will keep him alive for the trip. However, David Herdeg does not exist in this universe–Longstreet’s 1984 experiment never occurred. This is twice peculiar–since the 1984 experiment never happened, no one knows Herdeg traveled in time rather than merely vanishing in the vortex; and since the stealth bomber landed safely in 1943 Weisbaden that pilot must have survived long enough to be captured or killed in the past. Thus that pilot is the only known successful time traveler, and Dave Herdeg no longer exists in this universe. (Note, too, that Jimmy never traveled to 1984, either, so there were no Longstreet reports mentioning temporal irregularities.)
That is, Herdeg has not existed in this universe until now. As the plane is picked up in Newfoundland in the original universe and carried to 1943 Weisbaden, David Herdeg, in his bedroom at home, suddenly finds himself in the same house, on the same date, in a completely different world in which the house is vacant and the neighborhood devastated.
Longstreet has been expecting him, and has resistance teams seeking him; at the same time, his presence is (somehow) detected by military police–his neighborhood is a “resource depleted area” in which people are not permitted. The rebels kill the police and take David into their custody; video reaches Mailer, who connects his face with the photo of the missing crewman from the Eldridge and orders that he be brought to him alive. The rebels take him to Longstreet, apparently leader of the underground, who wants to send him via “underground railway” to “Free Alaska”. Longstreet knows this is his fault, that somehow his experiment in 1943 opened the door for the plane to reach the past and Davey to reach the future. David, though, has a different notion: send him to Mailer and get him into that time machine, so that he can travel back to 1943 and prevent Germany from using the stealth bomber. Herdeg’s argument prevails, and the rebels agree to get him to that time machine on the odd hope that if he manages to do what he intends, they will never have existed. That is, of course, correct under replacement theory; but we have already run into some problems with the present history that are going to require our attention.
The resistors, led by someone named Jess, are massacred–but they achieve their objective, sending Dave back through the portal which Mailer has opened “for ten minutes”. Mailer then gets to the same portal and follows; both arrive in 1943, which is another problem to address in the articles ahead.