Berlin, Richard E., 1894- / Diary of a flight to occupied Germany, July 20 to August 27, 1945.
The British elections, pp. 20-23 PDF (1.0 MB)
happens to be on an official junket like ourselves, and I am further told that ladies are taboo-that in the George V Hotel in Paris they are not admitted except occasionally as dinner guests with the permission of the Commanding Officer. Have eaten just as well here as at home, because we are Army guests, and the Army receives top priority on everything. We go to Paris Friday evening. General Lee will then brief us over Germany, assign us a conducting officer and send us on our way. It seems incredible but I am told there is a plane leaving every twenty minutes for home from Paris. My friend, Noel Vincent, plans to meet us in Paris this week- end. He is a British Wing Commander comparable to a colonel in our Army, and has received many top decorations for a superb war record. He now flies a Mosquito plane which does 400 miles an hour. Ben McPeake tells me that Noel is eager to show me a lot of Europe in his plane. If Noel takes us about (which I am sure he cannot) I can please you and see Europe from the air in two or three days, but I do not know what the Army plans are. Thursday, July 26 With a few days to spend before taking off for Paris, this morning I walked over to the tailor who used to make suits for me. The price formerly was $60 to $70 per suit; today it is $120 with a 6 months' delivery date. I was told by the firm that they now have 18 tailors working where formerly they had 400. A lady's tailored jacket and skirt in London today costs about $320. There is little for purchase in the shops-London has really felt the war as far as consumer goods are concerned. During the winter, a fresh peach cost $2.50. The British Elections About noon the election returns began to come in and it was quickly seen that Churchill was badly defeated. This was a great 20
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