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Coventry Days

by stoke_on_trentlibs

Contributed by 
stoke_on_trentlibs
People in story: 
Dinah Scholes
Location of story: 
Coventry
Background to story: 
Civilian
Article ID: 
A2643365
Contributed on: 
17 May 2004

This story was submitted to the Peoples War site by Stoke-on-Trent libraries on behalf of Dinah Scholes and has been added with her permission. The author fully understands the sites terms and conditions.

I was born in 1941 - I was already working in an engineering office - Rotherams and Sons and was living at home. My mother was deaf and she worked at the aerodrome. My father had died before war broke out. I had one younger brother who was still at school.
When he was old enough he joined the RAF and went to Canada for 6 months but when he was just trained war has ended.
We lived on an estate and has an Anderson Shelter in the back garden.
During the worst of the bombing we used to use the communal shelter on Whitley Common.
There was an anti-aircraft gun near-by which was used. The Barrage Balloons came quite close.
After November, there was no water or gas on our estate. though, only an incendiary bomb fell in our garden.
My aunt lived on the other side of the city with all the amenities so we went to live with her until our water supply came back on.

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