Regarding Dyce. I was interested in timings, as it might have been built just because of flights from the Axis countries. Closing door after the horse
has bolted, if you see what I mean. Must admit I had not realised that CHL was completed so early. I have always been intrigued by this aspect of the
2nd WW. Bournemouth Uni started to do some research, some years ago, I must find out what happened. I used to live down there and wandered the New
Forest, finding all sorts of war left overs.
Back to DB.
If he was allowed to leave Germany, what would his flight plan have been? (I know he did not fly the plane, or did he? I believe he tried to persuade
someone to let him have a go and I can see him asking, like I did when in Asia, I just had to have a drive!).
What would be the logistics of the round trip?
How about rations, everything was counted, so would he have had to have some sort of coupon and if so, the hotel would have had to have seen them, as
well as hold them while he was there. That was the norm for everyone in those times I think.
When you think of how controlled everything was, it seems amazing anything could happen that was not known about. The fact that it did, just shows how
difficult total control would be.
I uncovered an interesting post war recounting of an encounter with Bader in 1975. Gives a bit more depth to how the man thought.
There seems a range of designs and specs. for false legs, probably specific to each producer. I wonder if this could be in some ways useful.
Did I read somewhere that the replacement false leg, parachuted to him, arrived as part of some bombing raid? Or was this a dream? It seems it was
delivered by a lone Bristol Beaufighter.
Records of this event are available, both in UK and German records, so would not there be some record somewhere if he had been released, the Germans
were very careful about paperwork I think.