Berlin, Richard E., 1894- / Diary of a flight to occupied Germany, July 20 to August 27, 1945.
Strafing on the flight back to Bremen, pp. 63-65 PDF (695.0 KB)
Our host said to me, "We are a clean people. We teach our children to wash always before meals. We preach cleanliness." He said, "We need coal very badly. We are forced to burn peat and unless we can get coal, our industries cannot function for export." Our host then drove us out to a little suburb called Klampen- borg, and we stopped at Bellevue Terrace, a beautiful hotel on the Baltic. Here we could see the Swedish coast, fifteen miles across sea. Wherever one goes, he is given beer. First you drink schnapps, which is a distilled caraway seed drink, fiery like vodka, and then after your schnapps, you drink beer as a "chaser." The British are everywhere in Copenhagen-they are again starting to do business. Britain, of course, buys butter, bacon, and farm products from Denmark. In the evening we entertained RAF officers and their girls at the Coq d'Or restaurant-the check for the fine meal for twenty, with appropriate wines, etc., was $100. All over Europe you are told that Copenhagen and Stockholm are the two best cities in Europe today. Strafing on the Flight back to Bremen Tuesday, August 7 Noel Vincent, with another marvelous Mosquito, flew us to Bremen. We flew over the gorgeous Danish farm lands, across the Baltic, and entered Germany at Lubeck. The Mosquito will only accommodate two persons-the pilot and the navigator. The navigator sat on an oil can between my legs while I sat in his seat alongside Noel, the pilot. We were cruising at 350 miles an hour at an altitude of about 200 feet. 63
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