Bread from heaven: Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions

On 29 April 1945 a frightened, hungry 11-year-old girl huddled with 12 others in an attic in Sloterdijk, a village just outside Amsterdam.

Theodora Tielrooy and her family were on the run from the Gestapo, wanted for hiding Jews at their home in The Hague.

Along with three fugitive Jews, they were lying as low as they could at the family home of Theodora’s aunt – and they were close to starving.

They had already endured the Hongerwinter of 1944-45, when one of Europe’s coldest winters had combined with a Nazi ban on food entering the Netherlands and the scorched earth policy of the retreating German army to produce famine in the heart of Western Europe.