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A World War Story

During the early part of WW2 my family lived in the Weelsby Hall cottage to the west of Weelsby Hall drive....

Paratrooping with the 6th Airborne Division

My dad was a paratrooper with the 6th Airborne Division and when he was home on leave at his parent's...

Bombing of Clydebank, March 1941

I was at my sister's house in Granville Street, Clydebank, on Friday 13 March. Granville Street had...

Memories of a boy telegraph messenger {aged 14}

I was on a delivery to whale island, the naval gunnery school in Portsmouth one day when the siren sounded...

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More Than Lucky

I went to the shelter and noticed with horror that the whole of my bed, where I should have been sleeping...

Cinnamon and Air Raids in Hull

I think we had a lot of them because the timber yards such as Horsley Smith and Hollis's further up...

A SHOPPING EXPEDITION TO REMEMBER

My 41 year old mother, brother Brian (5) and myself (14) were shopping on a saturday afternoon in the city...

Wartime Industry in Belfast

It was Brookfield factory off the Crumlin rd. And then parts of the road, the long road — the houses...

Childhood Memories from Brian Lockett - WW2

Nearby was a railway line which transported coal from the mines. There was a bridge over the Wansbeck and I...

The Air Raid Shelter 1940-1945

We had a shelter in the garden Strongly built of iron sheets and wood, Where we slept safely through the...

SMALL BOY’S LUCKY ESCAPE

My town was a target for hundreds of shells, bombs, mines and flying bombs. I wasn't hurt but my poor...

A Guernsey Girl bombed out in Islington

One Sunday lunch time there were some German planes over, and I saw the third bomb hit the bridge near our...

Sleeping in an air raid shelter

My name is Matthew Maxey, I am a BBC GMR actiondesk volunteer, taking the story of Pamela Brown. In the...

A Terrifying Incident

This particular day my husband was work at the Rolls Royce factory in Crewe; the factory being an obvious...

Civilian life during the war

Eileen remembers the huge barrage balloons over Dundalk bay to protect South Ireland from enemy's...

An Island Military Family (Chapter 6)

Bombs dropped at 7.20 a.m. One, a t Avondale Road, sliced through the corner of a roof, bounced and...

Great escape from a burning school

But that was futherst from our minds when we emerged from our shelter in Picton Terrace, just above the old...

Enemy Boy Pilot

One day an enemy plane was shot down and as he was coming down he was shooting at everything....

Air Raid Messenger

I was taken on, and I found myself riding my bike at the first sign of an air riad there were plenty...

Isabel Crockford's WW2 experience in Belfast NI

I worked in Belfast during the war in Short & Harlands, which manufactured Sterling Bombers and...

DIY Bomb Disposal

I remember coming out of the shelter, my father was an air raid warden and he said be careful because an...

Bombing of Foundry Street Horncastle

I lived at 114 Foundry Street, an aeroplane came over and dropped a couple of bombs, one about 100 yards...

A rat on the pillow

Rae's grandmother ran a huge greengrocers and had a large shelter in the basement. Every night, when...

Sweet encounter

Ron Haynes remembers being a messenger for the ARP

One night, in the blackout, I had to go and fetch the ARP Warden, Ralph Carpenter. Lord Bicester's...

A christmas I'll Remember

Then I got called up at 18 and it was a Munitions, of the Lancaster bomber, AV Roe... My fiance, came home...

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