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Evacuees in Devon, and Dad's Accidental Death

Living in Budleigh Salterton in Devon which seemed a million miles from Fulham in London... Mum took it in...

My Childhood Memories of Somerset and Devon

Most of my childhood years till the war ended was travelling gas mask and baggage from Somerset to Plymouth...

Around Plymouth Docks

LES PHILP was asked whether he was happy to talk about memories from the war and his life in general to...

A Child in War-Time

As children, my sister, Lyn, and I thoroughly enjoyed the dried bananas, chocolate drink and gum handed out...

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War in a Child's Eye

For quite a few nights the air raid siren sounded and my mother would whisk my sister and I up in our...

Unexploded Bomb!

I was told to get out of bed and stood by the door in the dark, feeling a bit scared for a...

My Nana and Grandad's Story of the War

My Nana and Grandad didn't help to build an Anderson shelter but my Nana thought that being inside it...

Evacuation Bristol to Ilfracombe

The two sisters went to a house in Braunton and Roy went to a 'big house at the edge of the cliff'...

Operation Tiger at Slapton Sands — collecting the bodiesicon for Story with photo

I was a signalman onboard a motor launch - the ML303 - stationed at Portland Harbour and early on the...

Evacuated Twice!

But then there came a period of tension and confusion as with great haste the government ordered the...

Nightly Refuge on the Buses

There was an earlier bus, that I didn't take, that left Kingsbridge at 5.30am to take the dock yard...

An Unforgettable Night in Devonport: Memories of a London Fireman 1941

It was ‘Send a crew with iron rations to the London railway station... Our crew of four, Ted Crust,...

A Close Shave

The air raids followed a set pattern, the first waves of enemy bombers dropped loads of incendiary bombs....

Continuation of "3 friends one survivor"

Even as I climbed out of a top floor window of the hotel premises, which were our billets, with blanket to...

17 August 1944: Wellington crash in North Devon

My father was Flying Officer W Broadley No 178054 a Wellington Bomber Pilot with 172 Squadron Coastal...

Terri's D Day.

My sister and myself Terrence Withey were both due to be evacuated from Bristol... I was met at the door by...

Evacuation Wanderings: London, Oxford and Devon

I stayed in Devon until the autumn and did six weeks Barnstaple Grammar School in the sixth form, doing a...

Misfortunes of War

My friend Ivor Luscombe and I were collecting food for our pet rabbits near the coast above the Devon...

Story - Jenny Lakeman

The marines were at the Collingwood Hotel, the Pegcall were at Ilfracombe hotel, the wrens had the mount...

Evacuation and Separation

Mum was ill with quinsy and I was taking care of her, even though I was only eight years old. I just...

Night Watch - A Radar Operator Watches As Ships Gather For D-Day Landings by "Radar"

There was a variety of radar equipment to learn about, some designed to track low flying aircraft and...

Audrey's Wartime Adventures -Part 3 : Torquay Station - the Night in the Jeep 1944

Audrey's Wartime Adventures -Part 3 : Torquay Station - the Night in the Jeep 1944. There was an open...

Hooked on Leicester!

The German bombers taregeted the Hawker Factory which built the Hawker Hurricanes and C.B. Gormans's...

David and the Prince

Not long before D-Day I heard from my brother David that he was in Dartmouth not too far from Torquay where...

Memories of a Teenager in WW2

With food rationing very much part of our lives, it was a treat to go to Evans Tea-room in Paignton where...

My Husbands War

Whilst based in Plymouth, Philip, along with many other service men would attend the Sunday service at the...

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