Berlin, Richard E., 1894- / Diary of a flight to occupied Germany, July 20 to August 27, 1945.
Stops in Maine and Newfoundland, pp. 9-10 PDF (458.4 KB)
seas transportation: the plush-seat j ob and the bucket-seat j ob, the latter being a rather hard riding plane because one is required to sit on a tin seat across the ocean. We were placed in the plush. seat one, which has chairs like the reclining chairs on the trans- continental air lines. Leaving Washington at 11:05 a.m., we passed the Statue of Liberty at 12:20 p.m. and then headed directly north up the Hudson River, following the Hutchinson River Parkway. Strange as it may seem, at 12:25 we flew directly over our house-I could see it very plainly from the air. Now I know that all those big four-motor planes that are continually flying over our house are transports going to and coming from Europe, as the pilot told me that it is on their direct route. (How I wished I could have drop- ped a note to you, Brigie and Richie! ) Stops in Maine and Newfoundland We had a calm and lovely flight, our first stop being Presque Isle, Maine, where we arrived at 3:30 p.m. We were met at this airport by a young Captain who formerly ran a restaurant across the street from our Boston American. He is a friend of many of our Boston executives. Presque airport is an Army base of the Army Transport Com- mand with a staff of 2,500 and is not a scheduled stop for the European planes. It is about 10 miles from the Canadian border and was originally built as a destination point to fly our planes before we went into the war. U. S. planes were then taken to a little border village called Holden and were then towed across the border into Canada, the English buying and taking title to the planes at Holden. The place is perfectly equipped. There is ample amusement for the men: the green countryside is beautiful indeed, and there is excellent fishing and hunting. The temperature in winter, however, goes to forty degrees below zero. 9
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