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A Milkgirl's Tale of Luck

by BBC Southern Counties Radio

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BBC Southern Counties Radio
People in story: 
Joyce Brewer
Location of story: 
Hastings
Background to story: 
Civilian
Article ID: 
A4391200
Contributed on: 
07 July 2005

This story was submitted to the People’s War site by Wendy Wood of Hastings Community Learning Centre, a volunteer from BBC Southern Counties Radio on behalf of Joyce Brewer and has been added to the site with his/her permission. Joyce Brewer fully understands the site’s terms and conditions.

On this particular day in July 1944 I was delivering milk in Ore Village, when a doodlebug came overhead and all of a sudden the anti-aircraft guns opened fire and hit it. I was sure the doodlebug was heading for my house in Broomgrove Road and I jumped straight into my van and drove home, only to find that my house was safe but the doodlebug had fallen in Pine Avenue and killed a man. My first reaction was absolute relief when I knew my house and family were safe and secondly I realized that I had changed my route that morning and doing so had saved my life. I would have been in Pine Avenue delivering next door to the house where the doodlebug had fallen, instead of Fairlight Road. I felt an extremely lucky girl.

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