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Fassberg

6th February 2015

 The Holmes review has recommended that a medal be awarded only to aircrew RAF and Civilian, who served on the Berlin Airlift for at least one day.  Although the veterans of the association have no problem with this decision and feel that it is deserved, they also feel that the efforts of all those who worked on the airlift have not been fully recognised or rewarded.  The event which kept the Berliners and service personnel supplied for  the period of the blockade, was a team effort, with the servicing and loading of the aircraft and the telecommunications to maintain contact between airfields and to supply weather reports which were essential to the aircrew.  This work which was ongoing 24 hours, often took place in adverse weather conditions, and in the open.

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the Berlin Airlift Association Fassberg in northern Germany is planning to erect a new building in order to extend our exhibition of the Berlin Airlift and the blockade of Berlin in the years 1948 / 1949.

As Chairman of the Association, I have always raised the question, what would have happened, if the Berlin Airlift had failed…? No one can tell, but I think that Berlin, and East Germany, would still be under an obscure influence, and would perhaps not have not been re-united in 1990.


it is therefore essential that the ‘Spirit of the Airlift’ stays alive and that is carried on to future generations. Our museum is the only institution world wide, where the public has the opportunity to see the great exertion of the Western Allies, who organized the biggest humanitarian operation within hours. 2.3 million tons of goods were flown on an endless belt into the blockaded city from various airfields in West Germany. The Royal Air Force station Fassberg was one of the cornerstones of the Airlift, out of which about 65 Douglas DC-4 Skymasters of the U.S. Force flew coal to Berlin. 5,000 German workers loaded the coal from train wagons onto the planes. All this is documented in our museum, which welcomes about 9,000 visitors annually. It is therefore necessary to extend the museum. The cost for this new building is estimated at about 600,000 euros, and we would be happy if a minimum of 10 euros/US dollars/pound sterling would be donated towards this project.

Yours faithfully


Paul Hicks

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