Fooled the Germans Nurse * Sensing * Fooled * Liquidations B17 42-32070 Updated: 21 OCT 2015
FOLKETIDENDE Lolland Friday 8th May
2015 p. 16 and 17, by Peter Gade
102-year-old Aage Astrup welcomed local historian Ib Walbum from Archives of Local History in Rudbjerg to his home in Terndrup. (Photo: Peter Gade)
In 2002 Earl Green’s grandson from the
U.S.A. came to Nakskov and took a photo of the room where his grandfather
had been a patient. Here together with the
To their mutual joy, Aage Astrup and Ib Walbum, both interested in history, exchanged historical information about the time of the occupation. (Photo: Peter Gade)
the Germans with treatment of airmen
But the mind of the 102-year-old resident Aage Astrup is bright and clear.
Ib Walbum of Langø sensed that immediately after he had pressed the door
bell with an
Walbum had promised to call in advance to tell more about when he would
arrive, but the telephone was reported out of order, so he just had to press
the door bell
Shortly after a man, about 190 cm tall and with a stick, opened the door.
The 102-year-old Aage Astrup welcomed him with a ”How typical that the
The tall man in a woollen jacket agilely leads us to the dining room where he has his memoirs in 200 closely written pages ready and says, ”We are to talk about Nakskov.”
The now 102-year-old had worked as a young assistant surgeon at Nakskov Hospital in the years 1944-46 but he had kept up his connection with West Lolland, as in 1974 as a 64-year-old he had worked as a substitute at Nakskov Hospital after he had retired from his position as a chief surgeon at the hospital in Terndrup.
He is very pleased to hear that the ”disgustingly ugly” wing for the administration in front of the classic yellow facade of Nakskov Hospital has now been torn down.
Remembers the airmen clearly
Astrup clearly remembers that one of them had a terrible wound on his arm
and a splintered fracture of bones that chief surgeon McDougall managed to
The other airman had had a shell in his thigh that had to be removed. His
leg was put in traction and his pelvis slid to its proper position and
healed. It even healed so
But we were not particularly zealous, because then he was to be handed over
to the Germans and taken to a Prisoner of War camp. That is why we kept him
A doctor and a German officer came to see him and asked for an explanation that his wound had not healed.
The third airman, Lynn Barbour, had fallen down near Rødbyhavn where the other airmen of the crew had perished. He had a small fracture of a leg and he was taken to Nakskov Hospital for treatment.
He told me that he had a wife in the U.S.A. and I got the address. Then I could send her a letter that he was alive, Astrup states. He had the letter taken to Sweden and from there it was sent to the U.S.A..
- His wife got my letter a fortnight before she received an official letter from the United States Army Air Forces that her husband had been shot down and might have perished.
When the Germans permitted Allied airmen to be treated at Nakskov Hospital
it was because they had become very satified with chief surgeon McDougall
once the Germans had accepted him, much could be done. The Germans insisted
that there had to be an armed guard for a future Prisoner of War, but they
When residents of the area sent goodies to the Americans we saw to it that the Germans were bribed with some food.
It was just the point that you were not supposed to know more than absolutely necessary, Aage Astrup states.
He also remembers that ration coupons for sugar were not necessary in Nakskov. All residents fetched the sugar they needed from a certain person at the sugar factory.
The visit was a great experience to Ib Walbum with new and additional information about the history of the occupation of Denmark.