Christ­mas Day menu for the brave air­men

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I would like to fol­low up my ar­ti­cle ‘Christ­mas Day’s Wartime Mem­o­ries Re­main So Vivid’ with this some­thing the airfield mu­seum in De­bach, near Wood­bridge, sent me af­ter read­ing the Let’s Talk July is­sue.

This com­mu­ni­ca­tion was like heaven had de­cided to send me back ex­tra mo­ments of my child­hood Christ­mas Day, 1944.

Those young Amer­i­can he­roes home­ward bound on Christ­mas Day: ‘In fad­ing light we heard once again, the drone of those B17 Boe­ing Fly­ing Fortress bring­ing back the young sur­viv­ing Amer­i­can air crews.’

Can you be­lieve it - this is the ac­tual menu they en­joyed.

From the records held at the mu­seum airfield: De­part­ing on a mis­sion to Ahrweiler, Ger­many, af­ter all of the rou­tine early calls, break­fast, brief­ings, kit­ting them­selves out for a cold mis­sion, they re­turned where they went through in­ter­ro­ga­tion, putting fly­ing kit away, a quick wash and change into uni­form ready for their Christ­mas din­ner that evening.

War menu back in 1944.

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