Tuesday 14 April 2015 Download audio
Stephen Dando-Collins tells of a daring WW2 mission to drop food to the starving, Nazi-occupied Dutch.
http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/201 ... 215654.htm
Not only that I have a tile celebrating the operation:Stephen is a prolific historian whose writing and research encompass the ancient and modern worlds.
His latest exploration has been the true story of Operation Chowhound: a secret bomber operation where no bombs were used.
At the end of World War II, the people of occupied Holland were starving. The country's produce was sent to feed Germany, and they were reduced to eating nettles and tulip bulbs.
The Nazi government agreed to turn a blind eye as allied bombers air-dropped a huge amount of food onto Dutch territory. The mission was a great success and prevented a catastrophe.
Many of the American air crews named the food drops as their most significant mission of the war. Says Stephen, "they hated delivering death and here they were, delivering life".
The story of Operation Chowhound has a cast of characters that includes Winston Churchill, a young Audrey Hepburn and Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond.