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- People in story:
- George Henry Fellows
- Location of story:
- around the black country, UK
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- 07 November 2003
During a dark December night in 1942 and whilst on duty for the home guard manning an ack-ack ant-aircraft gun outside a factory called the Patent Shaft in Wednesbury (they made tank parts for the war effort).
A German bomber raid took place. The target was obviously the factory and bombs reigned down - and we fired on approx 10 aircraft. All but one of the bombs dropped missed the target, the bomb which hit, narrowly missed the tank track assembly line.
One of the bombers was hit with flak, fired by a unit some 2 miles away from our position.
The bomber started to decend and eventually crashed in a field not far from Tipton.
At the time I had heard that the German crew had all beed captured without injury.
Years later - in 1958, whilst doing some building work, I happened to do a contract for a person called Boris Stein.
It later turned out that he was a crew member of the very aircraft which had crashed and that he had been taken prisoner held in Cannock until after the war - he stayed in the UK and married an Englishwoman.
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