Tail end of WW2 german incendiary bomb

Contributed by Graham Mee

Tail end of WW2 german incendiary bomb

My father, a young teenager, on August 30th 1940 was with a friend in Southend when they saw a Heinkel 111 bomber with its port engine on fire heading towards them very low being shot at by two spitfires (222 sqdn). The bomber circled Southend with the spitfires taking turns to shoot at it and it eventually crashed in Lifstan Way in Southend close to my father and his friend. The incendiary bomb was ejected during the fight and scored a direct hit on my Grandfather's aviary (their meagre war ration was supplemented by racing pigeon for a few weeks). My father rushed home for a wheelbarrow and tried to cart away one the aircraft's tyres, which intrigued them as it had 'Dunlop' embossed on it! Two crew managed to bail out of the Heinkel and were captured but three other crew members unfortunately died in the crash.

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  • 1. At 11:52 on 28 January 2012, Statement_Germany wrote:

    Exact memory against the contempt of human beings
    27th of January: International day in memory of Auschwitz

    The Jewish author Elie Wiesel, who escaped as young man the torture of the Auschwitz concentration camp, said: "Only the exact memory stops the insanity."
    The memory of the victims has to be exact when we look at the historic events in Germany that made them to victims.

    We have to percept this insanity - even froem a distance of time.
    Does it affect us now?

    Exact memory and analysis of our time from the perspective of the victims of the Nazi dictatorship and the victims of tyranny today are closely connected to each other.
    Our mourning should therefore not just be a calming event but includes also an obligation to prevent now and in the future what has happended.

    However, not all Germanx have been collaborators of the Nazis. There were also Germans that stood against the Nazi violence and gave their life. Sophie Scholl, a young woman of the White Rose resistance movement in Munich that has been condemned to death by the Nazis said:
    "Someone must be the first that begins to resist."
    This statement also includes an accusation to all Germans that deliberately backed the Nazi dictatorship.
    It is not easy for the generation of old Germans in this context to look at their own cowardice between 1933 and 1945. Especially at the beginning of WWII, many Germans backed the war. They went for the empty and false promises of the Nazis entirely built on irrational and unjustified prejudice.

    We today are therefore so sorry for all those that lost their lives unnecessarily in the context of WWII or still suffer from painful wounds in their biographies.

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