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The Bombing of Croydon Airport

by BBC Southern Counties Radio

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Roy Munday
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Croydon Airport
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07 July 2005

In 1940 when Roy was 10 years old he lived in Mitchum not far from Croydon Airport.

He was out playing on the street with some friends at about 5.30 in the afternoon. Suddenly out of the clouds and behind the sun the boys saw about a dozen German planes.

Then the boys saw bombs drop from the planes. The bombs hit Croydon Airport which was at that time a fighter drome. Unfortunately, the bombs also hit an adjacent parachute factory where a lot of local women were working.

The fires caused by the bombs could be seen by the boys in Mitchum.

The German bombers were then pursued by fighters from Biggin Hill and Kenley, and very few German aircraft made it back.

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