LUBECK.

 

 

LUBECK.
 
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We moved out from Fassberg on 19th August 1948. Instead of Wunsdorf’s 2 weeks and Fassberg’s just under a month, I was to stay at Lubeck until April 1949.
The large ring on the map shows the R.A.F.Station and to the right is the Blankensee (Lake) at the back of the Officers mess.
We were sent to our billet out at St. Hubertus, we had to go and come by truck, when we walked in to the billet for the first time, the smell that hit us was vile, we said we couldn’t sleep here and were told it was the garlic drying in the basement and it would do us good, so we stuck it out and it did get less noticeable as the days went by.
 
Lubeck sick quaters
Top left Station Sick Quarters R.A.F. St. Hubertus Lubeck.
Top right the tennis courts. Underneath, Willy on his bed St Hubertus, wonder if it still smells of the garlic ?
Eventually they had got our billet revamped for us on the camp so we soon moved in, bliss.
 
 
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The billets, with bags of room between them.
 
Lubeck park
The park as you come in to Lubeck town.
We Had a special name for it, can't tell you it though.
 
Daks on flights
      Dakota's on the Flight's Lubeck.
I puchased a Trombone down in Lubeck and used to go down into the basement to
play it, as there were big steel doors I could close I did not think I would be heard but
after a few weeks I came back to the billet, after being on flight lines duty, all day to
find it in 6 inch pieces, there endeth my playing days, anyone wan't to own up?
I asked Bill Campbell the web master of the B.B.A.A., at the time, if he would put it on
their web site and he did, nobody said they had done it though.
Someone started a model aircraft club, so I joined, where we got the aircraft from I can’t
remember, I built a delta wing and used a jetex engine to power it, we had fun on our
time off.
 
 
Now for more photos.
                Brumie in bed                
Brumie in bed, anyone know him?
 
   Me and who                             On report 
                Me and ???                         Were we that bad at playing the harmonica?
 
       Lubeck hamburg                                Naffi
The two harmonica players in Hamburg.              Me and Bert, Hamburg N.A.A.F.I.
 
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Above taken on the flight line at Lubeck. Anyone from the photo recognize them selves.
I am laying down, for once.
 
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No idea who these three are, anyone know ??
 
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From the left, looking at the photo, me,on the white horse Bert,  
and two wireless mech's, Hi Ho Silver.
 
 
Me in the NAAFI Tent on the flight lines.
 
I should have been demobbed in January but was asked to stay on for another three months,
so I said yes I would.
 
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Had I done the right thing signing on ???
So on the whole I had enjoyed my time in the R.A.F. made a lot of friends
 
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So here we are on our way home for demob, over the Hook of Holland, nice trip but we were told that customs were going through everyones kit, the panic that caused. The number of items that were thrown out of the aircraft over the North sea was fantastic, I won't say what I dumped.
 
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Someone said why are there no signs of Dakota's in my pictures,
so I will now rectify that, with a few more
 
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Dakota, KN 434 on the perimeter track.
 
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 No idea whose aircraft this was.
 
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Dakota KN424, Lubeck October 1948.
 
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 Yours Truly, Bob Ashley did a modification
on this photo for me, got rid of the crease.              
                                                                                        This one definitely running up Dakota affter doing inspection on it.     
     
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Here I am in one of No 80 Squadrons Spitfire's, how or why I managed to get in it I
 haven't a clue, they were the only operational unit to use this mark. I thought this
was one I was running up for the CO as stand in FME, but it was Fassberg not Lubeck,
so have no photo of it, must be my memory failing, still it was only 60 odd years ago.
 
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It was only by luck I thought, that I didn’t die on the way from Lubeck to the British
Military Hospital in Hamburg. I had been diagnosed with an acute appendicitis and the MO. Said I should be taken in a V.W. as the heavy suspension on the ambulance would
not get me to the hospital safely. This I found out after the operation, the Doctor said to
me Mr Hienz (no I haven’t spelt it wrong, that’s how he spoke my name) if it hadn’t been
for our wonderful V.W. you would have died on the way here, so it was realy thanks to
the MO.
Anyway that was just before Christmas 1948 so I was allowed a bit of time to recuperate but what did I do, I went ice skating on the lake at the back of the Officers Mess, I always took my ice hockey skates with me just in case I had the chance to go skating. Well this day I went to the landing stage and lowered myself on the ice then started to skate to the other side, just over half way I heard this screeching noise, I looked round and found the ice was breaking behind me, so I put more speed on and got to within 2 meters of the edge when the ice broke and I went under but luckily the water only came up to my elbows so I waded the rest of the way, shivering like mad. The moral is, do not go skating after an operation. this shows the size of the lake, pity I could not get the photos to line up.
That was a good start to my Christmas.
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I used to take my hockey skates with me to every R.A.F. station,
in case there was an ice rink handy, but the lake above was better, apart from the ducking.
 
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The following photos I took when the Wife and I were
visiting Berlin, Lubeck, Celle and Hamburg in 1986.
 
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Above, view of the Holsten Tor.
 
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Above, the Holsten Tor from the top of St Peters church.
 
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And St Peters Church taken from the Holsten Tor, do get around don't we.
 
 
 
 
The best place to get marzipan, the shop on the right sells all shapes and sizes of
Marzipan items, (as some shown below).
On the left of the photo is the Town Hall and the cellar (wine and beer drinking)
 
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We manage to get some locally, in Devon, for Christmas and other times, for presents.
 
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The Lubeck Railway station, we arived here from Hamburg and started our journey
here down to Celle and down the Rhine to Stuttgart.
 
The Wife and I, returned to Lubeck in 1987, and had a good look round the airfield,
by kind permission of the Border Guard and then round the town, we were escorted
around Lubeck by an old friend of our's from the German Red Cross, (DRK).
Brought back a lot of memories.
 Les Haines.
 
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The following item and photo was sent in by,
Bob Ashley.
 
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Bob is on the left. 
 
 
  A JOURNEY I REMEMBER.
 
I WAS SERVING IN THE BRITISH AIR FORCE OF OCCUPATION (BAFO) IN GERMANY IN 1948/49. IT WAS A GOOD POSTING AND WE HAD AN EXTRA TEN DAYS LEAVE. THIS WAS BECAUSE IT WAS CLASSIFIED AS AN OVERSEAS POSTING. WE WEREN'T ALLOWED TO BE OFF THE BASE AFTER r2210 PM, THIS WAS FOR OUR OWN SAFETY. A NUMBER OF SERVICEMEN, ARMY AND AIRFORCE, HAD DISAPEARED WHEN THEY HAD GONE INTO `NO GO' AREAS.  IN MID 48 THE BERLIN AIRLIFT STARTED, I WENT ON LONG DETACHMENT, FROM MY HOME UNIT, RAF WAHN, NEAR COLOGNE TO RAF LUBECK, RIGHT ON THE NORTH BALTIC COAST. THIS AIRFIELD AN OLD WW2 LUFTEWAFFE NIGHT FIGHTER STRIP, WAS SITUATED RIGHT NEXT TO THE RUSSIAN OCCUPIED AREA. WE COULD WALK DOWN THE ROAD AND SEE THE MOGOLIAN GUARDS ACROSS A SMALL RIVER. ON APROACHING TO LAND OUR PLANES HAD TO FLY LOW OVER THE RUSSIAN ZONE IN BAD WEATHER THIS SINGLE RUNWAY STRIP AND WAS NOW BEING USED FOR ABOUT THIRTY RAF DAKOTA TRANSPORTS FLYING, DAY AND NIGHT, ON THE AIRLIFT THAT HAD JUST GOT GOING.
     THE AIR FORCE HAD BOOKED ME TO TRAVEL UP TO HAMBURG, ON THE 'RHINE ARMY SPECIAL', THE DAILY TRAIN FOR BRITISH AND ALLIED OCCUPATION FORCES. IT RAN FROM THE SOUTH OF THE BRITISH OCCUPATION ZONE, VIA THE RHUR, TO HAMBURG. THE GERMAN RAIL NETWORK WAS ONLY JUST BECOMING OPERATIONAL DUE TO WAR DAMAGE AND ANY CIVILIAN TRAINS WERE VERY CROWDED, WHEN THEY WERE AVAILABLE. I HAD TRAVELLED ON A FEW HANGING ON OUTSIDE OR EVEN SITTING ON THE BUFFERS BETWEEN THE CARRIAGES. DOING THIS I HAD SEEN THE CITIES OF COLOGNE AND placeCityDUSSELDORF AND BOTH WERE AN ENDLESS MASS OF RUINS BUT I HADN'T REALLY SEEN THE REST OF THE RHUR INDUSTRIAL AREA. WHEN THE TRAIN PASSED THROUGH, THERE STILL SEEMED TO BE ONLY TWO THROUGH LINES OPEN. ALL ONE COULD SEE OF THE RAIL YARDS AREAS WERE A MASS OF WRECKED ROLLING STOCK WITH UP ENDED ENGINES TOSSED AROUND ALL OVER THE BOMBED AND TORN TRACKS OF THE MARSHALING YARDS. THIS DAMAGE WAS THE SAME IN HAMM, ESSEN, DORTMUND AND EVERY INDUSTRIAL CITY WE PASSED THROUGH. STRANGLY ENOUGH, OUT OF THE TOWN THOUGH, THINGS SEEMED TO BE COMING TOGETHER AND LOOKED, TO ME, THAT IN THE TYPICAL GERMAN FASHION, TO BE GETTING REORGANISED.
IN THE LATE AFTERNOON THE TRAIN ARRIVED IN HAMBURG AND ALL THE TRANSIT PASSENGERS WERE TAKEN TO NO 201 ARMY TRANSIT UNIT IN AN OLD GERMAN ARMY BARRACKS. THIS WAS SITUATED IN THE NOT SO HEAVILY BOMBED, CENTRAL PART OF TOWN. A FEW OF US WENT OUT TO LOOK AROUND, BUT THE ONLY PLACE TO GO WAS A LARGE SERVICE CLUB AS WE HAD BEEN TOLD NOT TO WANDER TO FAR FROM WELL LIT AREAS, AGAIN FOR OUR OWN SAFETY.
THE NEXT MORNNG, FOR SOME REASON, I MISSED MY EARLY CALL SO I COULD CATCH THE TRAIN UP TO LUBECK. THE ARMY TRANSPORT OFFICER THERE TOLD ME THE TRAIN I WANTED WENT FROM HAMBURG ALTONA STATION AND IT LEFT AT EIGHT OCLOCK. HE THEN SAID I HAD TIME TO GET THERE ON THE CIVILIAN STRASSEN BAHN (TRAM). THIS WENT FROM JUST DOWN THE ROAD SO I LOADED UP ALL MY KIT AND WALKED DOWN TO TRY TO FIND IT. FORTUNATELY, FAIRLY QUICKLY A TRAM TURNED UP, GOING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION, BUT, AS I DIDN'T SPEAK GERMAN, I COULDN'T READ OR UNDERSTAND ITS DESTINATION. WITH LITTLE CHOICE I TOOK A CHANCE, GOT ON HOPING FOR THE BEST. AFTER A FEW MINUTES THE TRAM SUDDENLY WENT DOWN INTO AN UNDERGROUND TUNNEL SYSTEM. I LATER FOUND OUT, WAS GOING UNDER THE HARBOUR TO THE OTHER SIDE, THE INDUSTRIAL PART OF HAMBURG. WHEN IT CAME UP TO ROAD LEVEL AGAIN I HAD NO IDEA WHERE WE WERE BUT DECIDED TO GET OFF TO TRY AND FIND OUT. WHEN I LOOKED AROUND I WAS STANDING IN AN AREA COMPETLY BOMBED AND BURNT OUT. NOT A BUILDING LEFT STANDING FOR A LONG DISTANCE, ONLY THE STREETS HAD BEEN CLEARED OF RUBBLE. I FELT A BIT OUT OF PLACE. STANDING THERE IN RAF UNIFORM, IN THE MIDDLE OF A COMPLETELY BOMBED OUT PART OF THE CITY. JUST THEN I SAW IN THE DISTANCE, A TRAM COMING TOWARDS ME, ON IT I READ HAMBURG ALTONA BAHNHOFF. (STATION). I WAVED IT DOWN HOPEFULLY AND GOT ON, TEN MINUTES LATER, WITH 5 MINUTES TO SPARE, MANAGED TO CATCH MY TRAIN.
 
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As Bob said our aircraft coming in to land had to come and go over the East German zone. One day or night, (so long ago), a Dakota was taking of and some one from the East German zone had driven a steam roller on to the end of the runway, and the Dak had its belly opened up by the smoke stack. All was OK apart from the gapping hole and the shake up of the crew.
It was Bob comments that brought this back.
Les Haines.
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