Berlin, Richard E., 1894- / Diary of a flight to occupied Germany, July 20 to August 27, 1945.
Bad fogs to Berlin, pp. 71-74 PDF (990.9 KB)
was completely "socked in"-thunder and lightning all the way. Going into Berlin we dropped down to what appeared to be a 500-foot ceiling, and the pilot headed for Templehof Airdrome. Just as he was about to circle the field for a landing, the field completely closed in. He turned around and headed for another airport-Gatau. When we arrived there, that also closed in. In a momentary lifting of the fog, the pilot slipped back to Temple- hof and made a landing with about a 50-ceiling. We put on the ground in a deluging rain. I said a prayer of thanks for a safe landing. Incidentally, we were the last plane into Berlin for five days, as the airport was entirely closed in after our arrival. Our Army is very strict on allowing admittance into Berlin, and we were among the first civilians allowed in. Pete Huss, Manager of the INS Berlin Bureau, met us at the airport along with an accommodating Army officer. We had din- ner in the mess-room at the Templehof Airdrome after going through the Army Inspection Bureau. We had here our first sight of devastated Berlin. The famous Templehof was badly wrecked. After dinner we motored to the Harnack House, located in the American zone. It is a professors' home-formerly occupied by the German scientists who developed the V bombs; here also they were working on the atomic bomb. We were met by our friend, Herman Phleger, from San Francisco, serving on the War Crimes Commission. Herman says, "There is a new kind of legal work. You call your secretary for dictation and say, 'Take a law!' " A reception was being given at the Harnack House for Ingrid Bergman, Jack Benny, and other motion picture actors who were in Berlin doing a USO show. We were told not to drink the water as it was contaminated; we were given insect-repellent powder and warned there was malaria from mosquitoes, caused by wrecked sewer mains, un- interred bodies, etc. 72
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