Today's post is about two Easters I spent at RAF Laarbruch in Germany.
To those unfamiliar with the setting Laarbruch is on the banks of the River Meuse between the towns of Goch and Kevelear. On the other side of the plain is the Rhine.
Laarbruch was used as a marker point for the 617 Squadron bomber raids on the dams -- The Dam Busters -- it was only take over by the RAF in the late 1950's and ceased to be used by them in 2003. The old airbase in now used as Weeze International Airport, for European & German flights.
With the station situated between the two rivers, we rarely had a good summers as the area was often damp.
One Easter -- an exception -- was so cold the runways and pan were iced over to a depth of 2 inches. The station commander decided to close the station and told people to stay where they were. That was well and good, except I was on the way back to my block and stuck in the road. The usual 20 minute journey took me over an hour on my hands and knees.
Th other Easter I mentioned was the one were I lost about a stone and a half (10 kgs) in four days. The incident started because I developed an allergy to the new washing powder used in the laundry, and I found myself unable to wear even light nylon clothing. I went from three meals a day to being told to have a meal by my friends.