Originally Posted by True_Avery
Sounds less heroic when you break down it down to a gamble. The guy could have still dropped the bomb on orders, and being that he took orders the ones that may get the brunt of the trouble would be the ones who gave that order, not counting the occasional corrupt superior who'd move blame.
In this case they weren't disobeying orders; rather, they denied a request by an allied officer who they did not answer to directly. I feel like it's almost more heroic because they put the faith in their ability to stop the enemy by using a maneuver that requires more precision and concentration than just pressing a button to drop a bomb. By doing so, they also saved a school and possibly civilian lives.
This might beg the question, though...what makes a hero? Aren't heroes made when they take a gamble?