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Dora’s Molotov Basket

by BBC Southern Counties Radio

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BBC Southern Counties Radio
People in story: 
Dora Nunn
Location of story: 
Uckfield
Background to story: 
Civilian
Article ID: 
A4387764
Contributed on: 
07 July 2005

This story was submitted to the People’s War site by Charlotte Compton of Uckfield Community Learning Centre, a volunteer from BBC Southern Counties Radio on behalf of Dora Nunn and has been added to the site with his/her permission. Dora Nunn fully understands the site’s terms and conditions.

Near Uckfield was the Maresfield Army Camp we sometimes provided accommodation for the wives of soldiers waiting for embarkation. One day when one of these wives was staying with me, the Germans dropped a Molotov Basket trying to hit the railway which transported troops from Shorn Cliff, Kent to Newhaven. It missed the railway but damaged shops and houses. We went to help an elderly couple put out a fire in their bedroom, when we returned home our garden was ablaze, this had to be put out quickly as they gave light for the German bombers which followed.

In 1943-1944 Uckfield was invaded by doodle bugs and we had to evacuate. I went with my four children, Patrick, Kathleen, Peter and Anthony to stay in Oldham with one of the soldiers wives I had accommodated earlier in the war.

I have remained friends with some of families that stayed with me until the present day.

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