Christmas at Rackheath, 1944

This is a wonderful Christmas memory from Frank Meeres’s Norfolk at War: Wings of Friendship as retold by a local boy:

‘[1944] was the best Christmas for the school children from Rackheath since the war started. In the morning they were thrilled to bits when they were all shown over the B-24 ‘Slick Chick’. This was followed by a tea party in the Mess hall with Spam and dried eggs, ice cream, candy bars, oranges, and chewing gum. What made it so special was the fact that it was the first oranges and ice cream most of the children had ever seen, as the War had been on for almost five years. What made the ice cream so special was that it had been taken up to 25,000 feet in the bomb bay of the B-24 ‘Wabbit’ to keep it frozen until it was needed….

Here’s to ice cream that stays frozen against all odds.

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