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A Grateful City

  • Brian Conway
  • Interview by: Jess Boydon


Looking back on it, you realize that you've

probably helped save the lives of people from starvation,

you've kept them warm in the winter,

you might have carried medical supplies that

were essential for them.

It was a two-way thing as well.

A lot of people think it was just taking things

in to Berlin, but the very elderly and sick

who couldn't be treated

because of the lack of hospital spaces,

we brought them out as well.

The Germans, we came across a lot.

They were civilian gangs loading the planes

and unloading, they were fine.

And once we'd finished the airlift

and we were at Uetersen,

we got on well with the Germans in the surrounding villages.

We played darts against them,

we played football against them,

and all sorts of things like that.

And all the Germans that I'd met since,

I've been on holiday and come across Germans,

and I'd say, oh gosh yes,

we owed you a lot in that time.

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