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V 2 over Westminster

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BBC Southern Counties Radio
People in story: 
Dr T J H Bishop
Location of story: 
London
Background to story: 
Civilian
Article ID: 
A4428830
Contributed on: 
11 July 2005

This story was submitted to the Peoples War site by Jas from Global Information Centre Eastbourne and has been added to the website on behalf of Dr Bishop with his permission and he fully understand the site’s terms and conditions

In the summer of 1944, I was a medical student helping out in the Accident and Emergency department in Westminster Hospital in London

After a tough day taking out bits of glass, sometimes from patients who had been sleeping with not much on, in front of large windows and had collected glass splinters in just about every square inch of their skin when the V 2 fell (Vergeltungswaffe Zwei as they were officially known to their creators) I was cycling home to Chelsea.

I'd just entered Vincent Square when I heard the characteristic double beat of a V 2.
It cut out - as always it seamed to be directly overhead. You counted about 25 seconds to the explosion.

I leapt from my bike to take cover behind the low wall that ran round the square, enclosing playing fields. To my surprise, I landed soft rather then hard-but I was too busy counting to pay attention

The explosion duly happened on time- miles away, as usual. I got up, brushed myself off and saw the air marshal on whom I'd landed, doing the same.

We smiled weakly at one another and went our separate ways.

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