British officer served with 242 Sqdn, RAF during Berlin Airlift, 1948-1949
REEL 1 Background in GB, 1927-1945: family; education. Volunteering and training as glider pilot, 1945-1948. Recollections of period with 242 Sqdn, RAF during Berlin Airlift, Germany 12/1948-8/1949: duties as ground load controller and co-pilot; description of load controlling duties; learning to fly the Avro York; supervising loads out of RAF Wunstorf; loads carried; rations; difficulties unloading a field kitchen; flying out refugees; typical exports; attitude towards flying Avro York; relationship between RAF and US Air Force air crews; memories of devastation of Berlin; lack of contact with Berliners.
REEL 2 Continues: flying schedule for air crews; periods of home leave; fitting passenger seats to aircraft for evacuating refugees; type of loads carried; story of joining BOAC as operations officer during 1950s; black market; German hospitality on visits to Berlin today; gratitude of Berliners for the Airlift.