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The Real Home Guard in the Black Country

by harry01

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George Henry Fellows
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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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Posted on: 18 October 2005 by Jane Perkins - WW2 Site Helper

Hello, Site Helper Jane Perkins here, I really enjoyed the story. My Dad , Mr Jack Hirst, served in the Home Guard on Bently Common between Willenhall and Walsall and used to tell me some very good stories. Best wishes.

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