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Front Page Jeverland Bote NWZ 13 Jahrgang No. 109 dated Monday the 12May1958
Translated by Maurice Parker

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Top: On the first day...Around 15,000 spectators came on Saturday to the opening event of the German-British Week.  The guest of honour took their seats on the square next to the taxiway.  (Picture top left).  [I have just noticed that the whole of my wife's family is in the front row. Third one seated on the front row is Karl Watson, next seated is his wife Gladys Watson, next along is Karl's mother, then my wife Josephine Watson and next to her is her younger sister Heather Watson. I presume Karl's front-line seats were because he was one of the organisers of the Anglo-German Society. Mick Ryan.]  2 'heavies' on the edge of the airfield. (Picture right).

Middle right: Traffic on the 'Betonstrasse' moving towards the station main gate was 2kms long.

Bottom Left: A helicopter 'saves' a downed pilot.

Start of the German-British Week

15,000 people see air show and visit the exhibitions.

     Wi Jever.  More visitors than last year found their way to the 'Open Day' on Saturday afternoon which opened the German-British Week.  It could have been about 15,000 people that came to Upjever from local as well as surrounding areas to see the many versatile air displays and to visit the exhibitions.  The programme went like clockwork and in the air as well as on the ground everything worked out as planned.  German and British military police worked together hand in hand in directing the mass of traffic.  Even though the one or other demonstration had been seen at last year's show, or on other occasions, there was still something new to be seen so that the visitors returned home very impressed.

The British hosts had removed the usual 'Authorised persons only' signs......?[Text lost in crease.]  Many thousands of spectators crowded the airfield and one had access to the hangars in which many interesting exhibitions could be viewed.  The flying display was continuously commented on in English and German and on the exhibitions references to the meaning of many pieces of equipment and armament which belong to modern aircraft were to be found.  Even the layman was able to win an overall view of the special features of the aircraft types and their uses.

"So that you can all see again.." was always said before and after each flight as the aircraft taxied past the spectators.  It seemed that no secrets were kept on anything that was shown.  Everyone could take photographs of whatever he wished and if only a small portion of the photographs taken turned out well, then the collection of many amateur photographers would have been filled with pictures that one would talk about for a long time to come.

The show started off with formation aerobatics by 111 Squadron.  A Hunter fighter, [Flown by Taff Taylor 93 Sqn.   Click to see 4 sqn F540 report.], then demonstrated the versatility of this aircraft type after which a Hunter formation rounded off this part of the show.  The squadron take-off and the following flying display was very impressive.  2 Dutch F-84F fighters added a special note to the show.  The attack carried out by a Swift and Hunter aircraft on a 'missile base' was very dashing.  No less worth watching was the 'friendly' bomb attack made by a Chipmunk aircraft.  Enthusiastic spectators...?? (Text lost in crease) the aerobatics.

A demonstration of rescue action carried out by helicopter showed the versatility of this aircraft and the wish of many spectators must have been to fly as a passenger in this machine.  Fire-engine and ambulance were quickly at the scene of a fire on aircraft wreckage and demonstrated the fighting of fires.  As the 'real' aircraft roared over the airfield on practice flights, at the exhibition of model aircraft there was always a lot to be seen.  Members of the Aeromodelling Club Friesland together with the British model club showed what in model work can be achieved with a lot of effort and the pleasure that is to be had in model flying.  A through look around this exhibition could have filled the whole afternoon.

Before the visiting aircraft returned to their home stations they carried out diverse demonstrations and it took some time until all the spectators had again departed the station.  The evening was devoted to a social gathering and dance in the "Schutzenhof" at the invitation of the German-British Society.

Joint Church Service

Sunday commenced with a German-British church service held in Jever parish church.  Inhabitants of Jever together with members of the British service unit and their dependants took part.  The minister of the Protestant Lutheran parish together with the Anglican Reform Church chaplain shared the alter duty and gave the sermon.  The church choir added a solemn touch to the service.

Later on in the day, a march past by German and British troops took place in the Schlosstrasse.  It was not a large parade and it was only to show the bond between the armed forces stationed here and the Bundeswehr.  The Station Commander, Group Captain Hughes together with the Naval Base Commander in Wilhelmshaven, Fregattenkapitan Cohaus, the Burgermeister of Jever and Landrat Albers took the salute.  The troops marched past to the music of the Luftwaffe Band from Munster which was conducted by Hauptmann Schade.  Leading the march-past was a unit of the Bundesmarine followed by units of the RAF and Luftwaffe.  Many spectators watched this short military spectacle among which were the distinguished guests - Oberkreisdirektor Oltmanns and Stadtdirektor Neef.  A car rally took place on the station in the afternoon.

Two further events in the German-British Week will take place this evening.  At 1830 the RAF and FSV Jever football teams will meet on the sports field which will be followed by a table tennis match between German and British teams in the "Schutzenhof".

Further Report from Inside at Page 9

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Top: The crowd of spectators during the flying demonstration on the airfield at Upjever during the Open Day.

Middle right: Rescue by Helicopter

Bottom Left: The model aircraft control line demonstration also gave 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 so must be shown as a leading example.  Unlike the Wilhelmshaven Town Council recently which again emphasised that apparently this is not possible, but however for the Station Commander ast 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 bwteen the dependants 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?

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