Sid and JimStill friends, incredibly, Sid Parsonage and Jim Weston first met each other on the Berlin Airlift in 1948.
Sid and Jim – Film 1Recounting their airlift stints, crewmates Sidney and Jim particularly recall a Yak-3 encounter interrupting their aerial cribbage!
Sid and Jim – Film 2A crew of three manned the RAF's Dakotas on the Berlin airlift: navigator, wireless operator, pilot. Sidney and Jim describe daily life inside this workhorse aeroplane -- including the occasional amateur foray into import-export
Sid and Jim – Film 3The snow and ice of a German winter could be a hazard for air crews shuttling between Berlin-Gatow and Lubeck, yet rarely were airlift flights cancelled. Inside the hold, atmospheric conditions were also subject to sudden change if certain human cargo made an appearance, in the form of irrepressible child evacuees from Berlin
Sid and Jim – Film 4Berlin airlift landings were mostly went like clockwork . . . with occasional hair-raising exceptions. For light relief, the Americans provided some entertaining runway bounce
Sid and Jim – Film 5&6Aiding Berliners? Thwarting the Russians? For wireless operator Sidney Parsonage and pilot Jim Weston thinking back, these aspects of the airlift were secondary. Above all for them, Berlin was somewhere to go and fly. 'If it had been China I would have been delighted to have gone there'
Still friends, incredibly, Sid Parsonage and Jim Weston first met each other on the Berlin Airlift in 1948.