73 Years after World War 2, Touching Facebook Post by Grandson Tells a Story of Jewish Ingenuity during the War

A Facebook post went viral in Israel, with hundreds of likes, mostly because it reveals a piece of history dating back over 73 years to the difficult times of World War 2.

Airplanes Made of Pots and Utensils

During the years of the second World War, the Royal Air Force of Great Britain needed raw materials to manufacture airplanes like Spitfires and Hurricanes. The Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, appointed press baron Lord Beaverbrook as the minister responsible for aircraft production. It was Beaverbrook’s responsibility to provide the desperately needed raw materials to build the required war airplanes.

They started by using 19th century iron railings and gates surrounding many of the cemeteries, parks and squares in Britain’s towns and cities. Then the public was called to donate aluminium kitchen utensils and pots. Beaverbrook issued a public press appeal: “We will turn your pots and pans into Spitfires and Hurricanes, Blenheims and Wellingtons”.

Scrap for Airplanes

There is some historic debate about the actual use of these scraps and utensils in manufacturing the airplanes. Yet resolving this argument is not the point of this story.

Post Made of Airplanes

Now, it turns out that the life cycle of this aluminum had an interesting twist.

According to this viral Facebook post, Doron Buchink tells the story of his Jewish mother, who lived in Tripoli, Libya during the second World War. In those hard days, in lack of work and resources, he wrote, Jews collected parts of crashed war airplanes. Then, they used those parts to create kitchen pots and other tools, sell them and this way make a small living.

And so, the pots donated in the UK to build airplanes, later crashed overseas, and then reused to build pots again.

In the fist photo of the post, you can see what looks like a simple aluminum pot. His mother brought it with her from Tripoli when she came to Israel so many years ago. She kept it throughout the years.

Aluminum Pot from Airplane

When looking closely at the second photo, you can identify the wing attachment lines from the airplane.

Aluminum Pot from Airplane Lines

Followers of the history Facebook group, where the post was originally posted, noticed the apparent handwork on the aluminum in the inside of the pot.

Aluminum Pot from Airplane Inside

Beautiful Story

Several other Facebook users wrote, commenting on the post, that they also have or remember such pots from their parents and grandparents. Apparently, this was a common practice during the war. This beautiful story and pots belong in a museum, many say.

Grandmother Airplane Aluminum Pot

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