showing photos and talking with people, we find other stories.
stories, indeed, arenít strictly related to Venosaís airfield; we
understand a lot of people worked also in other American airfield: San
Severo, Foggia, Pantanella...
Savino tells us a story about his father.
- "My father
Dino Savino, when he was about 12 or 13 years old, went to an American
air base near San Severo city. He
worked here, assigned to the officerís mess hall; and later he
received a tent and a camp bed for himself .
young assistant cook was amazed that the Americans didnít eat a lot
of food: often they were brought chickens, and he had to cut off the
necks and the claw and throw them away.
them away? What a strange waste! With such hunger that was known
during that time, he asked for it as a gift...
all the Americans knew him. Everybody treated him well, just like
fathers or older brothers, even if nobody was able to pronounce his
name correctly; his name was Dino, but everybody called him "Dyn".
Dyn observed vacant seats in the mess.
seat of one of his older friends that he knew so well.
it happened, Dyn cried desperately, because soon he learned: a vacant
seat, a man missing in action. He couldnít believe it!
the friends of the missing person took him aside, tactfully,
comforting and explaining him the destiny of war.
last, the day came in which
the airmen would return home. It
all happened so fast, the entire airfield was quickly demobilized.
American friends had to think of something for him, so they arranged a
special treatment: a little toast. It
was the first time in Dynís life that he became drunk, drinking with
he knew it, he was blind drunk, because he was absolutely not
accustomed to alcohol and became very sleepy, even in all the
chaos of the imminent departure.
day after, at dawn, the boy woke up in the middle of the air base,
where he had slept on his military bed. He had a horrible headache:
around him, his tent was dismantled and taken away. All
his friends had disappeared without saying so much as goodbye, and
slowly Dyn understood.
Americans wanted to avoid a sad farewell, with their friend crying
their last moments together. Now
the boy was completely alone. Alone.
- No airplanes, no airmen, no more
frantic activity of the day before.
- The airfield, at present deserted
and peaceful, had been forever abandoned."