Lester Schrenk and Hans Hermann Müller
in 2012 Photos from Lester Schrenk Updated:
27 MAR 2013
Captions from Lester Schrenk: Our first meeting since 68 years ago At peace and now old friends Once in uniforms
We have just returned from a trip to Germany
to visit the German pilot, Hans Hermann Muller, who shot down our plane on
2/22/44 during WWII over the North Sea and
The meeting took place in Heidelberg at his
Daughter's house who had planned a garden party fit for a king. As soon as
we met we became friends joking and recalling
The next day a meeting was arranged at city hall with the Deputy Mayor of Heidelberg to welcome us to Heidelberg. Here were 8 various news media including World News and other newspapers and also TV film crews to welcome us. I have never seen so many flash photos in my life. It was endless.
Next was an interview by the Deputy Mayor of both Hans Hermann and myself. I found it most enjoyable. The Deputy Mayor gave me a very nice book of the sights of Heidelberg. He was very nice and really did make us feel welcome. (See Heidelberg in Wikipedia, Heidelberg Tourism and the official website of the City of Heidelberg)
Next Hans Hermann and his wife Lydia took us
to a top notch restaurant for a dinner and as always at any event, beer
flowed freely. It was most enjoyable.
The next day we were invited for a boat
cruise on the Neckar River to view the sights and old castles along the way.
Endless sights we could only have imagined, and
By this time strangers would approach us and wish to shake our hand and to indicate that they had read the story in the newspapers. Always the feeling was positive. Everyone was most friendly. This happened dozens of times while we were in the Heidelberg area. It made us feel like celebrities.
Before leaving Heidelberg, Hans Herman and Lydia again invited us to their house for what she called a snack, but which was more like a 5 course meal.
Saying goodbye was very hard. Neither of us wanted to part. We had become very good friends and sadly said goodbye.
We had rented a car and along with our
daughter, Ginny, her husband, Al, and a very good Friend from Denmark,
Nikolaj Bojer. Nikolaj was very instrumental in
After leaving Heidelberg, we drove along the
Rhine River and saw many scenic sights and old castles along the way. When
we reached the town of Remagen (the very famous
bridge in WWII) we stayed
for the night as we wished to view the bridge and towers and railroad
tunnels that were so famous during World War II. There was
The former Mayor was also there and he invited us to his house for wine that evening. Here he also gave me a book that he had written about the WWII events on the bridge. We spent a lovely evening with him and his wife.
Along the way we visited many old towns all
with very narrow streets, many with several old castles. Soon we reached the
Bavarian Alps with snow covered mountains.
Sadly time to return home approached much too quickly and it was time to say goodbye.
I had forgotten to mention, the TV film crew was the same one that had filmed the TV documentary of our visit to the crash site of our plane in Northern Denmark in May 2008, so we knew them well and also enjoyed their company. The film company also paid for our tickets and hotels while in Heidelberg. What could be better??
The trip and visit were the best ever. Never a problem, everyone we met was very friendly and helpful. It just could not have been better.