The Berlin Airlift – A talk by F/L Rusty Waughman

The Museum is proud to announce that the first of its popular winter talks will take place on the 15th November 2018 at 1930hrs – by F/L Rusty Waughman.

After his talk earlier in the year on Lancaster Operations – this will be in relation to The Berlin Lift, which sees its 70th Anniversary this year.
Now in his 90s, Rusty’s talks are superb and not to be missed!

After World War II, a defeated Germany was partitioned into occupied zones – British, Soviet, American, & French. The capital city, Berlin, was deep in the Soviet zone, and was also divided into four sectors.

In June 1948, the Russians, who wanted all of Berlin, closed all land access from western-occupied Germany. It was impossible for the people to get food & supplies. Instead of retreating from West Berlin, the allies decided to supply the city by air. The “Berlin Airlift,” lasted for more than a year.

Following wartime RAF service with 101 Sdn. flying Lancasters, Rusty was part of this airlift. Under constant threat from Russian fighters if straying from tight air corridors, bad weather, & danger of collision in crowded airspace, this was no easy assignment. From the ‘pilot’s seat’, Rusty relates the story of the Berlin Airlift with first hand experience. If you know his previous Lancaster talk, you will know this story is not to be missed.

First come first served, £5.00 OTD – Raffle, on site bar and restaurant. Free parking (limited).

Location – The Cirrus Room, The Aviator Hotel, Sywell Aerodrome, Northants, NN6 0BN

More information – Stuart King – email