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Praise from Hans Wustefeld

Dear Mr Mitchell,

I was born in Holland during the hunger winter of 1944 with my parents being near starvation. From very young I remember my parents talking about “manna from heaven” in the form of Swedish white bread which was dropped into our village by kind American, Canadian and British pilots. You guys really saved my life.

I live now for the last 34 years in England and find it a pleasure to look after my old friends, the Normandy and other WW2 veterans. Every year I take them out on trips to the continent to commemorate the liberation and remember the ones who have given their life.

Three years ago I took a busload of veterans to my home village of Bodegraven as guest of the Mayor and people of the village. One Dutch gentleman, by the name of Gijs Boer, started a small local WW2 museum to educate young people about the evil of war and the suffering and sacrifices made by many.

Mr Gijs Boer was in the Dutch resistance during the war and is quite a local hero. Gijs Boer is this year invited to be guest of honour of the Essex Normandy Veterans, during their annual dinner and dance on the 17th March, 2007.

During my last conversation with him he showed an interest in getting in contact with people who know about operation “Manna”. Searching the internet I came across your interesting website and moving project to publish a book for children to remember the real flying Heroes.

I would like to present your book to Gijs Boer, during the Veterans Annual Dinner and I would be grateful if you can be so kind to write a little dedication to Gijs and sign the book.

Thank you very much.

With kind regards,
Hans Wustefeld’s
Southernhay
Basildon
Essex, United Kingdom


Dear Hans,
I will be more than willing to send you a book for Gijs. Your story about Gijs is exactly the reason the book is written. As a children's book, illustrated quite nicely, the story will hopefully reach the young generation and be a reminder to them in their early years of the sacrifice and bravery of the pilots and crew members, and of the strong will of the Dutch people.

The only condition, (and this is all tongue-in-cheek) is that you now have a quota to fill. Spread the word about the book as it is not available through Amazon.com or any other such online retailer. They take too much of the money which otherwise would be donated to the charities we are supporting with some proceeds from the book.

I forwarded your note to Mike Beale, the gentlemen who first told me the story of the Bad Penny crew, who is the President of the Canadian Historical Aircraft Association. They are restoring a Lancaster in Windsor, Ontario and this Lanc will be renamed the Bad Penny. She flies again!

Please stay in touch. Your involvement with the Veterans is very touching and honoring them is what it is all about.


Dear Mr Mitchell,
Thank you for your speedy reply. I was born in Holland during the hunger winter of 1944 with my parents being near starvation. From very young I remember my parents talking about “manna from heaven” in the form of Swedish white bread which was dropped into our village by kind American, Canadian and British pilots. You guys really saved my life.

I live now for the last 34 years in England and find it a pleasure to look after my old friends the Normandy and other WW2 veterans. Every year I take them out on trips to the continent to commemorate the liberation and remember the ones who have given their life.

Three year ago I took a busload of veterans to my home village of Bodegraven as guest of the Mayor and people of the village. On Dutch gentleman, by the name of Gijs Boer, started a small local WW2 museum to educate young people about the evil of war and the suffering and sacrifices made by many.

Mr Gijs Boer was in the Dutch resistance during the war and is quite a local hero. Gijs Boer is this year invited to be guest of honour of the Essex Normandy Veterans, during their annual dinner and dance on the 17th March, 2007.

During my last conversation with him he showed an interest in getting in contact with people who know about operation “Manna”. Searching the internet I came across your interesting website and moving project to publish a book for children to remember the real flying Heroes.

I would like to present your book to Gijs Boer, during the Veterans Annual Dinner and I would be grateful if you can be so kind to write a little dedication to Gijs and sign the book.

Thank you very much.
With kind regards,
Hans Wustefeld

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