A MARWOOD veteran who took part in the Berlin Airlift has had his memories recorded as part of a national video archive.
Sam Pover, 91, took part in the venture which saw 50 veterans of the operation interviewed by educational trust, Legasee.
The charity, which undertakes hundreds of interviews with veterans each year, organised the most recent project to mark the 65th anniversary of the largest humanitarian airlift in history.
Reflecting on his experiences, Sam, who joined the RAF when he was 20, said the event proved to be crucial in the history of Europe.
He said: “You did it and could see the point of it. You knew the
Russians had closed the ground access and it was keeping the hopes of Berliners
alive and eventually it did.
“It saved them from being absorbed completely by the
However, he admitted that although vital, the operation proved to be dull - travelling the same routes up to four times each day during his three month tenure.
Reflecting on his career, he said: “The best was this charter company at Jersey after the war. So much variety,
you could go anywhere. No security to it but endless variety.
“It was interesting life but not a settled one.”
Following the war Sam continued as a commercial pilot before retiring in 1975 and moving to Devon.
The interviews will form a key part of a new educational scheme focusing on the airlift, and is set to be used by a number of schools across the country.