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CSV Action Desk/BBC Radio Lincolnshire
People in story: 
Jim Stubley; Jack Reynolds
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Grantham area
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22 August 2005

Although I was only 7 years old when the war was declared in 1939, I have many memories of the war years. In 1940 I spent my harvest holiday with my Uncle Bob and Auntie Katie in a village near Grantham. One night when the air raid siren was sounded Auntie got me out of bed and we all got under the stairs. A few days after I got back home, Jack Reynolds came round to see my father. The conversation got round to what was the best place to go to when there was a night air raid. Jack turned to mother and said "the best thing to do missus is take you bed clothes and go to the middle of that field" pointing to the field at the back of our house. Not long after that on the 20th November 1940 a German plane passed over some of the houses in Rippingdale before eight bombs were dropped. The first bomb was dropped on the parson's paddock; the next three were dropped on the field at the back of Jack's house. The next time Jack came over to our house, mother said to him, "we were thinking about you with your bed clothes out in the middle of that field!" Jack just grinned. He had stayed in his house. The parson and his family were the only people to have an air raid shelter. I did not wake up when the bombs were dropped. I had put my faith in God.

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