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The Thrill of Being Shot At

by lowestoftlibrary

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29 October 2004

I was born in 1934. I remember in about 1942/43 I was walking along the middle of the road. You did in those days as there was so little traffic. A Messerschmitt came over firing its machine guns. The bullets were bouncing off the roofs all around me. I ran home to tell my mum as happy as could be. What an adventure! My mum wasn’t quite as pleased as I had been!

I can remember during the raids we sometimes went to a large communal shelter. This could fit hundreds in. We used to sit in there singing songs etc. I always felt we had a good time when we went there.

The war was always exciting for me. I don’t remember ever having been scared.

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