Trip to Gdansk Münster
Veleda and René were aiming to visit Gdansk in Poland from Saturday 15 November to Monday 17 November 2014. With large parts of Eastern Europe in fog, we had to postpone a trip to Gdansk to another time (see trip report), and we decided to visit Münster instead. For Sunday there was rain forecasted, but for Monday the weather outlook would make a little flying trip possible.
Satellite pictures from Saturday 15 to Monday 17 Nov
On Saturday we drove to Münster. We checked-in at the hotel and then we walked the town for sightseeing, and we had dinner there.
On Sunday it was raining. In the morning we visited some places by car, including the Dortmund-Ems canal near Ladbergen. In the afternoon we visited the Münster City Musem and the Münster Cathedral. After having a drink, we had dinner in town.
On Monday we drove from Münster to Paderborn-Lippstadt airport, and we made a round trip to Münster-Osnabrück, Hildesheim and Höxter-Holzminden. After the flying trip we drove home.
Veleda at Prinzipalmarkt
During the final year of World War II, about 90% of the Old City of Münster was destroyed by Allied air raids. In the 1950s the Old City was rebuilt to match its pre-war state, though many of the surrounding buildings were replaced with cheaper modern structures.
The Münster Cathedral (St. Paulus Dom) is the city's main church and one of its most important historical monuments. It is a three-nave construction built in the 13th century, a time when Gothic architecture began overtaking the Romanesque style in popularity.
St. Lambert's Church
One of Münster's finest churches, the late-Gothic St. Lambert's Church, was built in 1450. The present church was preceded by at least three other buildings. During excavation, vast foundations of these former churches were found. During the Second World War, St. Lambert's church suffered great damage. A complete renovation of both the interior and exterior of the church took place between 1976 and 1978.
The Henke store
The City Museum features the history of the city of Münster from its beginnings up to the present. The museum has a fascinating collection of town models showing how Münster grew and changed from the 16th century onwards.
From Paderborn-Lippstadt to Münster-Osnabrück
René with the Cessna Skylane
René at Münster-Osnabrück airport
Dortmund-Ems canal - Ems crossing
From Münster-Osnabrück to Hildesheim
From Münster-Osnabrück we flew to Hildesheim. We made an Echo departure (to VFR entry/exit point Echo), bringing us over the in World War II heavily bombed part of the Dortmund-Ems canal near Ladbergen (see box below). We passed the Teutoburg Forest, a range of low, forested hills.
Dortmund-Ems canal near Ladbergen
On the East side of Münster-Osnabrück airport is the Dortmund-Ems Canal and the town of Ladbergen. During World War II the vicinity of Ladbergen was heavily bombed. Allied bombers tried to destroy the Dortmund-Ems Canal aqueducts near Ladbergen, where the canal passes over the Mühlenbach to render the canal useless for extended periods. The first air raid did not result in the destruction of the targeted aqueducts, but Tallboy bombs dropped by Avro Lancaster bombers of RAF 617 Squadron did breach the canal banks on 23/24 September 1944.
Aerial view Dortmund-Ems canal showing bombed area after the first raid
After each raid the Dortmund-Ems canal was repaired, until the sixt and final raid on 3 March 1945. Over 100m of canal bank were destroyed and both aqueducts were in ruins. The canal was not repaired until after the war, which ended two months later.
On Sunday we had made a stop at the crossing of the Dortmund-Ems canal and the Mühlenbach river. A small plaque that is fixed to the fencing on the Ladbergen side of the aqueduct commemorates the raids of World War II.
Aqueduct over Mühlenbach
René next to the commemorative plaque
"Während des Zweiten Weltkrieges 1939/45 fanden durch die Bombardierung des Dortmund-Ems-Kanals bei Ladbergen etwa 50 Menschen den Tod. Allein bei sechs Großangriffen von 23.9.1944 bis 3.3.1945 wurden 4400 t Bomben auf diesen Durchlaß und das übrige Gemeindegebeit angeworfen. Sie verwandelten die Umgebung des Kanals in eine Kraterlandschaft".
Crater landscape near Ladbergen, WW II
Near Ladbergen, 17 November 2014
picture top: bing maps and iwm.co.uk; bottom left: bomberhistory.co.uk; others: hebels.nl
Dortmund-Ems canal near Ladbergen
Take-off Münster-Osnabrück airport
Porta Westfalica gorge
Veleda at Hildesheim airport
From Hildesheim to Höxter-Holzminden
Take-off from Hildesheim airport
Church of St Michael, Hildesheim
Arrived at Höxter-Holzminden
Veleda at Höxter-Holzminden airport
From Höxter-Holzminden to Paderborn-Lippstadt
Rene downstairs in the tower
To runway 06 Paderborn-Lippstadt
Veleda and René at Paderborn-Lippstadt