On behalf of John Walker
This is again going back a good few years ago when a Regimental friend also 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards (although he served long before I, his name being Jack Bellinger.)
In fact Jack fought with The Regiment in Korea. We were out in Germany visiting the Regiment The Royal Dragoon Guards then stationed at Barker Barracks. Paderborn.
After the week-end Parades etc we had about four days spare so I asked Jack had he ever visited The Monhe Dam.Now although Jack was stationed in Barker Barracks before they went to Korea he had not.
I think in those days and I say this with the greatest respect the soldiers never had cars or dare I say the money to do these trips etc.
So I offered to drive Jack there and around the area for a few days.
So off to the Famous Monhe Dam and surrounding area.
We arrived quite early on the day.Parked up.Walked along the top of the dam as it had just opened on the day to tourist.
As we get to the far end a dear old German man was just reeling in his fishing gear.I got chattering and he said he fishes there most days, OK.
He see's we are keen to know more and then tells me he was in fact a tower gunner on the very day of the raid !!!!!!!!.
Oh my god............we are astounded to say the least. We walk with him towards where he had parked his bike.
We then ask him would he please come to the small cafe area and have a beer or coffee with us so we may hear more.
He was not to keen at first but I talked him round.We sat for a good while and he told us all. Fascinating stories and no ill feelings from him at all.After about 45 mins a man came to speak to him who we later find out is the chief engineer of the dam.I explain what we were doing in the area and that I had lived in Germany(BAOR) from 1946-1954 etc.He was quite keen to hear a little about that to.
So he then says to Jack and I would we like to see the dam from the bottom and see the inside etc.Well the rest is history.What a treat.
We exchanged address's and for a good few years after we wrote to each other.On that day We all parted good friends and I know Jack loved it all.
Oh by the way Hans the Fisherman told me he very rarely catches a fish and when he does he throws it back in
Never understood fishermen!
For those of you who have not been to this Dam.
Please note the repair section's !!
Hope this was not to boring but I feel many of you would have been to this area and may be it bought back some memories.
It did for me .
Regards to all looking in