As the war drew to a close, encircled German troops, took to flooding the fields of western Holland, forcing the local Dutch people down to starvation levels. In an attempt to help them, Allied operational bombing missions turned to mercy missions. Operations ‘Manna‘ and ‘Chow Hound’ involved Allied bombers flying low-level to drop supplies of food and other provisions to these people. They would fly aircraft along mutually agreed routes to dropping points at the Hague and other sites around Rotterdam.
The first of these RAF operations occurred at the end of April into the early days of May, followed by the USAAF between the 1st and 8th of May 1945. On this first operation, 396 B-17s flew from their bases in East Anglia to unload some 700 tons of provisions over the affected area. Over the next few days similar flights would also take place, which would in…
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He’s my shadow,
He’s his Mom’s shadow,
He follows Mom’s Daniel,
He’s his Coach’s shadow,
He knows things,
Sometimes his empathy
pours out, as in sorry for his
classmates who don’t have breakfast
or cannot play in sports due to costs,
or crying that “Pete needs a family!”
which truly made my good friend,
Linda and I burst into tears
during scene in “Pete’s Dragon.”
So, he stands and looks up to
his three coaches, each unique
in background and personality.
He answers “The Coach” when
he shouts out questions,
Where do you throw the ball?
(whichever base is next to
player arriving or stealing. The kids
answer, “First/Second/Third base”
or “Throw it Home!!”
Which base do you run like crazy?
Who do you look out for?
(“Your team!”) or (“Teammates!”)
X X X X X X X X X
Baseball is an acquired taste,
but many friends…
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