By Ernest Schofield, Roy Conyers Nesbit
In 1942 a Catalina team of 219 Squadron, established within the Shetlands, was once chosen to hold out a sequence of most sensible mystery operations, together with a flight to the North Pole. They have been made even as a Norwegian day trip to Spitzbergen to maintain the Germans out of the world. The flights have been over 24 hours lengthy and reached the bounds of human patience within the severe chilly. Later, the Squadron supplied conceal for the Russian convoys. Ernest Schofield was once the navigator at the workforce and retained the logs. those have been amazing missions and on 21 September one ended with a Ju88 assault and tragedy: "The pilot's cockpit was once dulled with smoke. Tim was once falling from his seat... We gave him a shot of morphia, for what aid it may have been..."
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SiegHeil shouts storm across the square, many thousands of arms are raised in the German salute... ,39 In the room of the Neue Hofburg—the palace Emperor Franz Josef had begun building in 1887 and completed in 1913—behind the balcony overlooking the square, the announcer asked Hitler how he should present Seyss-Inquart, who was to introduce the Fiihrer. " Seyss was properly obsequious: My Fiihrer. As the last highest agent of the federal state of Austria I report to the Fiihrer and Reich Chancellor the completion of the lawful decree according to the will of the German people and of its Fiihrer.
Jews were made to do calisthenics until the older ones dropped. The Schadenfreude was palpable in faces twisted into masks of hate and in the body language of contempt. Finally, at last, the Jews were getting what they deserved. Jewish stores were broken into and robbed while the police stood benignly to one side. Apparel and delicatessen shops were preferred targets of opportunity for the largely adolescent mobs. The SS "secured" the synagogue in Seittenstettengasse in the inner city. It would be the only one to survive the rampage of Kristallnacht eight months later.
To review a massive military parade that featured tanks, mobile artillery, truckloads of troops, marching infantry, and 400 planes flying overhead. Despite this panoply of power Hitler reportedly was furious at the performance of his armies, and it was a signal of his displeasure that he left Vienna soon after the parade was over. M. He had spent barely twenty-four hours in Vienna, and only seventy-two hours had passed since his car had crossed into Austria on Saturday afternoon. 41 What vain hopes they would prove.