Wedding and “Honey Moon”
Dad and Mom (“Bodo and Lies”) married during the mobilization, on November 23, 1939 in the picturesque, historic
Problem was, because of the mobilization, Dad was NOT allowed off the Air Force Base (he was on duty 24/7!!). All he got for their wedding, and “Honey Moon”, was the special dispensation of:
24 hours OFF...!! (WOW!!) (Some Honey Moon...)
Their last goodbye?
As said in my opening on page 1, the Nazis invaded on May 10, 1940 and, without any warning or provocation, bombed everything to smithereens, flattening the entire city of
Three days into the war, when Dad was called to duty to fly the mission to bomb our own Moerdijk bridges, he was acutely aware that he would probably die that day.
Mom was 6 months pregnant when they had to say farewell, and in their teary goodbye he said:
“The worst is that I will never know if it is a boy or a girl...”
Miraculous home coming
Unbelievably, he did come home that night but, when he stood there in the doorway, having just witnessed his best friends being shot down and killed, he looked – quite literally – like a ghost, utterly devastated, turned inward, speechless, helpless, and disheveled, especially as he was dripping in blood: Dad had bullet holes through his leather pilot’s jacket...! It was a miracle that he made it home.
Mom must have helped him well in those dreadful hours. She was a very warm, kind and caring Mom. Dad went “under ground”, into hiding from the Nazi Occupiers. Obviously, as a fighter pilot, he was hunted.
Between October 1940 and May 1941 Bodo made his first attempt to escape to
In total, during the five years of the war, there were about 1,700 Dutch heroes who were willing to risk everything to escape to
* Ch. A. den Hoed, G. Haspels, E.A. Plate and J. Versteegh
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