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stationpic244.jpg, 69310 bytes stationpic245.jpg, 392864 bytes Front Page Jeversches Wochenblatt 165 Jahrgang No. 109 dated Monday the 12 May 1958

No text about the Open Day on the front page but a long report inside - see below.

Picture captions: Top: The RAF Aerobatic Team at Jever with their air acrobatics made the prelude to the Open Day on the airfield at Upjever for the start of the German - British Week. They belong to the best in Europe and demonstrate here the 'Arrow' formation.

Bottom: Spectators from all parts of the Weser - Ems district came to the airfield at Upjever on Saturday. According to the official count some 30.000 came by foot, bus and 4.000 cars. Our picture show a glimpse from the roof of a hanger towards part of the crowd on the edge of the taxiway.

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Jeversches Wochenblatt Newspaper 165 Jahrgang Nummer 109 Report on the Jever Open Day dated Monday 12May58.
Inside pages    Translated by Maurice Parker

Picture Captions

Top Right: The jet black Hunter fighters of the aerobatic team appear to carry out their breathtaking aerobatic programme in "Close touch" with each other.

Middle: Landrat Albers and Oberkreisdirektor Oltmanns were also guests at the "Open Day" and are seen here being accompanied to their seats by an RAF officer.  [I have just noticed that the whole of my wife's family is in the front row. On the left with his back to the camera is Karl Watson, next seated is his wife Gladys Watson, next along is my wife Josephine Watson and next to her is her younger sister Heather Watson, (leaning forward). I presume Karl's front-line seats were because he was one of the organisers of the Anglo-German Society. Mick Ryan.]

Bottom Left: Again this year a unit of the Marines took part in the march-past with Group Captain Hughes, Kapitän Cohaus and Landrat Albers taking the salute.

Bottom Right: For the first time a unit of the Luftwaffe took part in the parade this year during the German-British Week in Jever.

Prelude to the German-British Week

Great success of the Open Day - Visitor record on the Airfield.

     -Jever.  Unlike last year, the beginning of this year's German-British Week three large events are crowded together in a short space of time.  Over the weekend the strongly interested public was provided with an abundance of impressions that can hardly be 'digested' so quickly.

The record attendance showed how right the organisers were to place the big attraction of the week of understanding, the Open Day, on the airfield, on Saturday afternoon.  The police and station organisation were confronted with a task that was only to be overcome with the utmost of professionalism.  Way before the start of the air show a stream of traffic rolled from all directions on a massed concentric attack of the airfield.  The police controlling traffic had a "Herculean Task" to master and if the counter on the main gate had not made a mistake then around 4,000 cars, something like 3,500 motor cycles and mopeds passed the guardroom.  The continuous stream of bicycle and spectators on foot caused the person controlling traffic on the station crossing a lot of hard work.  The smooth dispersion of the mass of people to the well prepared spectator area and car parks was amazing.  The number of spectators was around 30,000.  The flying programme was also precisely carried out as that of directing the visitors and vehicles on the station.  As in last year the spectators were thrilled from the first to the last flying demonstration.  Take-offs were executed exactly on time.

One heard from many of the out of town visitors that they were surprised that the British hosts even allowed photos to be taken on the station.  The various aircraft on static display especially drew the attention of the younger generation.  The young people could not see enough of the aircraft which they otherwise would only see flying high above them for a second or two.  As in the year before, in the hangars was an abundant display of things which are required for flying operations, pilot and aircraft equipment.  On a large area of grass in front of one of the hangars the German-British model clubs displayed control-line and glider aircraft.  (See photo bottom right below).  Large crowds followed intensely the models as they noisily flew fast circles.  A lot of fun as well as admiration was given to the skilful pilots during the foxhunt.

The main interest was naturally claimed by the air show of the "large birds".  The show commenced with the take-off of a Hunter formation from the southern end of the airfield, which after a solo aerobatic display made by a Hunter, carried out formation aerobatics.  A great deal of approval was given to the rescue operation made by a helicopter which demonstrated how a pilot is saved and brought to safety.  Amazement and excitement caused the demonstration by a jet fighter which took-off with unbelievable speed and in a steep climb disappeared unfortunately in the thick cloud.  The Chipmunk caused a lot of fun - an aerobatic aircraft and so called "slow bird" -, as it attempted to hit a jeep with flour-bag bombs that was driving backwards and forwards across the airfield.  The Fire Section demonstrated in quick action the putting out of a fire on a burning aircraft and rescued the pilot.  An air attack on a ground target and much more was continuously demonstrated to the amazed spectators.  The heavy transport aircraft caused admiration from the visitors, such as the Hastings and the American Hercules which can carry 60 fully equipped military personnel and in spite of its seemingly clumsy construction can reach a noteworthy speed.  Finally the large flypast of all aircraft took place after which each aircraft departed back to their own airfields.  For all those present this afternoon it was an unforgettable event provided by the generous hospitality of RAF Jever commanded by Group Captain Hughes.

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The German-British Week in Photos

Picture captions: Top left: Beaming with pleasure, Fritz Kleinstauber as winning driver of the car rally held on the station receiving one of four prizes presented to him by the Oberkreisdirektor Oltmanns.  Fritz Kleinsteuber won four prizes in four individual competitions.

Top right: An impressive photo of the crowd that filled the Markt Platz at the end of the military parade yesterday morning.

Bottom left: Particpants of the skilful driving event took place on the station surrounded by inquisitive spectators during the German British Week

Bottom right: Jever youngsters were very impressed with the model aircraft and younger brothers of the Transport and Jet Fighters which were displayed and demonstrated on the grass next to the runway.  The model builders from Jever also took part in the exhibition.

Joint Church Service and March-past.

The Sunday commenced with a joint church service in which clergymen of different faiths of both countries spoke.  Finally units of the Bundesmarine, Luftwaffe, Prince Rupert School formed up to march past Group Captain Hughes, Freg. Kapitän Cohaus and Landrat Albers who had taken their places on the platform opposite the Frl. Maria monument.  Unfortunately the weather this year was not so pleasant as on the same occasion last year as there was a rather cool wind blowing.  Something special for the Jever population was the fact that after many years of non-attendance a military band from the Luftwaffe played in front of the Schloss.  A Luftwaffe band from Münster conducted by Hauptmann Schade provided the music for the parade.  For many spectators at this parade the march-past was rather short and every thing went off too quickly.  Even the awaited short Luftwaffe band did not materialise.  (See photo top right above).

All about the most Skillful Car Driver.

Even more interesting was the afternoon car rally held on the station.  15 German and 15 British cars and drivers fought for the Winners' Cups which last year went to the British team.  (See photo bottom left above).  [We have pictures of last year's competition - click to see and next 4 pictures.]  The experts claimed that the regulations did not take into account the differences between vehicles and also the engine sizes should have been taken into consideration.  Later on at the presentation of the prizes in the Schutzenhof the Oberkreisdirektor Oltmanns said that as a sign of friendship in the friendship week winning is not important but participating is.  The disadvantage of not classifying the competition made its self evident by the test of driving in and out of the "garage" as well as by the slalom.  The smaller cars had no difficulty in driving in and out of the indicated garage but the larger cars had to manoeuvre back and forth and so precious seconds were lost.  In the Slalom the distances between poles were too short for the larger vehicles which caused them to manoeuvre more or run over the poles.  A wear and tear test for the brakes and tyres was the braking test track.  On the obstacle course the co-drivers were very important with the driver being blindfolded and short reaction times were called for.  The German team were anxiously watching to see if the British hosts would again achieve less penalty points than the German drivers and so defend the cup they won last year.

After finishing the meeting, the tension remained for a long time as many drivers were close to each other in the times which caused some complication  Finally, however, Headmaster Watson was able to announce the winners.  After a few words of greetings Oberkreisdirektor Oltmanns then made a short speech before finally presenting the prizes.  To the delight of all present the first name on the list was the young Fritz Kleinsteuber who had taken part in the "Goggo" and was the best driver of the day.  (See photo top left above).  No less than 4 times did he have to approach the judges table to accept the winners prize in the individual drivers competition.  With a total of 166.4 penalty points he was by far the best man of the day.  Of the other German winning drivers was Schütz in a VW and Ulrich in a Porsche who achieved a speed of 175 km/hr,  In one of the individual events the wife of the Group Captain Hughes won a prize and Fl. Lt. Jones managed to win 2 prizes.  At long last the long awaited total team points were announced.  The British team this year again proved to be the best.  With a penalty point ratio of 3316:3625 the German team had 309 points more than the British hosts.  Group Captain Hughes received the successfully defended cup and with the previous years expressed wish that he hoped that next year the German team would be the cup winners.

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Page 9 Aus Friesland dated Monday 12 May 1958
Picture Captions: Top: The crowd of spectators during the flying demonstration on the airfield at Upjever during the Open Day.
Middle: Rescue by Helicopter.
Bottom: The model aircraft control line demonstration also found much enjoyment.

Spectacle in the Air

Start of the German-British Week.

     -Jever.  (th)  The German and British population at Jever are always on the best of terms with each other and this was again evident on the Open Day that was held on the airfield at Upjever on Saturday.  This harmony always depends on the personalities found at the head of each organisation and who must be shown as leading examples.  Unlike the Wilhelmshaven Town Council recently, which again emphasised that apparently this is not possible, but, however, for the Station Commander at Jever, Hughes this action is taken for granted.  Ever since the first day of taking over office, this officer, who is popular with both the British and Germans alike, is a guarantee for this good understanding between the dependents of both nations.  This good relationship is supported by the work of the German-British Society at Jever.  

What should one first mention about this Open Day on the RAF Station in Friesland?  By the way, one had the feeling that a good impression from the previous air show still remained in ones memory.  The spectators came to the station in large numbers, from local as well as distant areas and many thousand lined the cordoned off runway.

The show started off with formation aerobatics by the 3 squadrons, which was followed by a breath-taking solo flight of a Hunter aircraft, [Flown by Taff Taylor 93 Sqn.   Click to see 4 sqn F540 report.], and finally aerobatics carried out by a formation of Hunters.  Two Dutch F84 fighters demonstrated how easy, fast and elegant the aircraft are in the air.  A squadron in formation rolled past on the taxiway and a Chipmunk aircraft took to the air.  Who counted all the names?  Although every one watched with great interest, for most it was not possible to identify the aircraft again when they flew in formation over one's head.

The visiting aircraft from other stations flew solo passes before departing back to their home bases, such as a Hercules transport machine from the U.S.Air Force, also a Hastings transport, Javelin and Shackleton from the RAF.

The technical stands were constantly besieged by spectators, as was the control line flights made by the engine powered models, were the visitors thronged the rope barriers – the small rival to the big air show.  A small terrier could not be persuaded to move away from the ‘toys’.

One further point by the way could be of interest and which would be a consolation for the giant event of aircraft and engine noise!  A Heron from the heron bird colony in the Upjever forest flew not un-noticed circles over the runway.  A general aaah! was heard from the thousands in the crowd, which possibly show that the human, despite his dangerous technical play, still remains humane.

A joint German - British church service will be held in the parish church in Jever on Sunday, after which German and British troops will parade together in the town.  In the afternoon a car rally will take place on the station.    A.S.Th.

   (Thanks to Bruno Albers for the cutting and Maurice Parker for the translation.)
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