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Berlin, Richard E., 1894- / Diary of a flight to occupied Germany, July 20 to August 27, 1945.

In Paris again,   pp. 23-24 PDF (468.8 KB)

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The Army Transport Command moves personnel all over
Europe on a regular schedule, as the railroads are not in adequate
working order. All Army passengers must move from place to
place by plane-this operation is an excellent piece of work.
We had luncheon at the airport's snack bar and ate Army food
exceptionally good served by English waitresses, American
make-up. The lunch cost about 20c.
The plane was announced as ready for take-off about 2 p.m.
When everyone was seated, we were told that we had a flat tire.
WiTe laughed and piled out of the ship, saying that it would be
difficult to explain to anyone that you had a flat tire on an air-
We finally got off at 3:30 p.m., flying over the beautiful
English countryside in perfect sunshiny weather. The fields were
green and cultivated. Passing over dozens of airports, we ob-
served hundreds of airplanes parked in neat rows. One could see
considerable bomb damage., or craters, as a result of the German
We flew south across the channel over "'Omaha Beach"-one of
the landing beaches in France for the Army of Invasion on D
Day. "Omaha Beach" has quite a high cliff and, from the air.
it seemed almost impossible that an army could effect a landing.
An air officer told us that two or three days before D-Dayv there
were 6,000 Allied planes in the air over Germany.
In Paris Again
From the coast into Paris all of the little French cities where
there are railroad terminals, airfields, and plants, were badly
damaged. Landing at Orley field, the plane puts down on a steel
matting which has circular holes. The engineers lay the air strips
very quickly with these steel mattings made in America.
There is no Customs in Paris or anywhere else in Europe when
you are traveling under Army orders. One merely presents the
A.G.O. card issued in Washington prior to departure.

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