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The De Havilland Bombing and other memories

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Mrs Isabelle Spoors
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Newcastle, St Albans and Hatfield
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01 September 2005

(This story was submitted to the Peoples War website by a volunteer from Radio Cambridgeshire Action Desk) at Barnabus Court on behalf of Isabelle Spoors and has been added to the site with her permission. Mrs Spoors fully understands the site's terms and conditions).

Before the war when Hitler started on the Jews and the children those who had money would send their children to England to live and my mother took them in where she lived in Newcastle. When the war broke out all these children were sent abroad I think they were sent to South Africa. They were seen as foreigners you see and could have been a threat passing on information to those back home so they were sent away. The boat they were on was bombed and I don’t know what happened to them but it was terrible. When the children stayed with my mother they used to wake in the middle of the night screaming as they were so scared as they had suffered so much before they got away.

Onto another story — my husband worked for the De Havilland aircraft company in Hatfield and we lived in St Albans and one day we heard this terrific bang and we realised De Havilland had been bombed and we were all worried as my neighbours husband worked there too and we didn’t know if our husbands were okay. A few hours later we were in the front garden when a car pulled up and a man got out and asked for Mrs Spoors. He said “I was coming through Hatfield when this man stepped out in front me and asked if I was going to St Albans, I said yes I live there so he asked me if I could tell you and Gwen (my neighbour) that your husband and Tom are alright”. So my husband turned out to be a bit of a hero to think so far ahead to get a message to us letting us know he was alright.

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