Christmas Day menu for the brave airmen
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.