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I Saw the First Bomb Dropped

by cambsaction

Contributed by 
cambsaction
People in story: 
Laurence Shuardson
Location of story: 
Shetland Islands
Background to story: 
Civilian
Article ID: 
A7957632
Contributed on: 
21 December 2005

I was going to school and I had two miles to walk. I was on top of a hill at a place called Bobby Ratter Loch, when this black pencil like aircraft came from behind me. I could see the people in the aircraft, it was that low. I later found out it was a Dornire 17.

As it passed over the guns started firing from Sullum Voe, the shells were dropping in the sea and exploding in the air. I took fright, ran down the hill to see my friends and told them that I wasn't going to school that day, and then I ran all the way home and hid in a haystack.

The bombs and shells were dropping in the sea and making big splashes. One hit near a village school. My uncle, who was a haulage contractor helping to build the airfield at Sullum Voe, went and picked up a fragment of this bomb. It lay around the house for years as a doorstop.

Apparently the only casualty was a rabbit; and there were pictures in the national press about this rabbit. I was led to believe that the 'Crazy Gang' wrote a song called "Run Rabbit, Run" - what truth there is in that I don't know!! That was the very first bomb dropped in the Second World War.

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Posted on: 21 December 2005 by greenhill2

I am sure the first bomb dropped by the Luftwaffe on Scottish "soil" was on October 16th 1939. It wa directed against the capital ships anchored below the Forth Bridge!!
I know as I was on the train crossing the rail Bridge approx 14 40hrs.at the time.
Rgds
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