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- 17 October 2004
My late Father James Flanagan Told me this story many times as a youth, and i wish now I had paid more attention to detail!
It is not a long story, nor in the context of other peoples stories of World War Two is it very exiting, but it is the one thing that sticks in my mind about somthing that happened to a member of our family during the conflict.
At the time of this story our family lived in the East End of London. My Father worked for a sweet manufacturer, this company I believe was Trebor ?
My dad was a delivery boy, and on the 14th of november 1940, he and a driver were to take a vehicle load to Coventry!
The roads and indeed the vehicles were not as they are today, and after the long drive from London they knew they would not make their destination before the end of the working day!
They decided to stop the van on the outskirts of Coventry and also to save some money on "Digs" they got some food and then retired to sleep in the van.
That night of the 14-15 November 1940 would go down in history for the bombing raid on Coventry and the secrecy surrounding the breaking of the Enigma code that could have evacuated the City !
Most people were unaware at that time of the work of the Code Breakers at Bletchley Park, My Dad and the driver were! They were also unbelievably unaware of one of the worst bombing raids of the war so far! They slept soundly through it all in their van, only to awake to the devistation the next morning!
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