The Airborne Museum Oosterbeek get a love letter from 1944
An extended love letter, written by the British paratrooper Frank McNaught, came into the hands of the Airborne Museum in Oosterbeek.
“I love you more than anyone else in this world”. That writes the parachutist McNaught (22) in september 1944 to his “darling wife”. The Dakota of McNaught’s shot at the Utrecht village of Achterberg and the parachutist fear for his life now that he’s behind the German lines. His love letter is after 73 years came into the possession of the Airborne Museum in Oosterbeek.
The letter, tucked in a pistol holster, was last year found under the thatched roof of Country Remmerstein in Rhenen, near Achterberg. Remmerstein was at that time a boarding school for mentally handicapped children. Historian Show Blokland searched out that McNaugt going into hiding in the attic of Remmerstein. When the Germans outside the home ontruimden, stuffy Brit his letter in the roof. He knew through a back door to escape.
McNaught survived the war but is now deceased according to the museum. It is Blanket not managed to make contact with his next of kin. Given the good state, the content and the size of the letter speaks to the museum of a special addition.