Berlin, Richard E., 1894- / Diary of a flight to occupied Germany, July 20 to August 27, 1945.
Through bad weather to Brussels, pp. 49-50 PDF (452.6 KB)
We had an excellent dinner in Saunders' headquarters, which was the fine residence of a German doctor-again, another "liberated" house. Through Bad Weather to Brussels Friday, August 3 I walked through the village of Bad Oeynhausen, down through the public park in the city. My path led to beautiful bathhouses, this being a famous watering resort in Prussia. There was very little damage here other than indications of some street fighting. As I passed the British Tommies, they looked at me in disgust as if I were a German; but when I greeted them with a "Good Morning'," their expressions warmed immediately. After breakfast we motored through Minden back to Buckeburg. where we were to go by special British plane to Brussels. The weather this morning was misty, with low-hanging clouds. 'When we arrived at the airfield we were told that the weather prevented flying. After about 2 hours waiting in the mess tent, having tea and a sandwich, the pilot informed us that although it was still very misty he could see the end of the runway and we would take off. This I did not particularly care for; I dislike flying in bad weather, and besides this, the airfield in surrounded by hills 300 or 400 feet high, and I did not relish crashing into one of these hills. But we went, and the pilot made a perfect take-off, circling the field through the soupy fog, and in a few minutes flew up into the sunshine over the clouds. We flew for a matter of about an hour and a half; then dropped down under the clouds with a ceiling of about 500 feet. Beneath us was the beautiful Albert Canal. In about 15 minutes we came down at the airport in Brussels. 49
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