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SELEKTMEUBEL UESHOUT B.V.
Air Commodore AJW.Gedde9CBE.DSO, Legion of Merit, RAF(Retd)
"Roseland", 7 Homefield Road, SEAFORD, East Sussex BN25 3DG
Toi drs. R. Polak
Chairman Historische Kring Leusden
Beverhoeve 25, Leusden, Holland
Seaford, 14th February 1987
Dear Mr. Polak,
Mr. J GOnderwater informed me that your Society is active to keep the
St.Joseph School at Achterveld as a building of historic significance.
I cannot but say that I fully support your endeavours.
A3 you may know I was at Achterveld on 28th and 30th April 1945, when
I represented the Allied Air Forces during the negotiations with the
Germans at the school. I must say that looking back it was one of the
highlights in my career as an officer both in the British Army and the
Royal Air Force. These negotiations were unique since this time X was
not involved in the planning of necessary destructions, but X was res
ponsible for the quickest possibility to save the Dutch in occupied
Western Holland from famine and starvation. I cannot remember any
occasion in the history of the Second .Vorld War that an event such as
those at Achterveld took place.
In 1986 X was able to visit Achterveld and see the school again. I
was delignted to see that the school room where were sat opposite Seyss-
Inquart and his people still existed. Though some of the classrooms had
disappeared in the meantime, the most important room was still there.
It would be most unfortunate if the school would be demolished. Maybe
initiative could be developped to get a permanent exhibition in the
school to remember the occasion that was of such great importance to
the people in your country.
Please consider this letter as my notification of adhesion. I sincerely
hope that your efforts will be successful.
former chief of Operations and Plans 2nd Tactical Air Force
chairman of the Allied Manna-Committee, April 1945
Air Commodore RAF (Retd).
N.B. Vertaling verkrijgbaar bij mevr. Vroon-Roubos.
Harnersveldseweg 22 Leusden-C Tel 033-941331