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By Jaon Rhodes (née Tooley):
Early September 1944, I was in the Middlesex Hospital at Isleworth, awaiting the birth of my first child. During the air raids we were told NOT to get out of our beds, but to pull our meal trolleys up over our heads, then get under the bedclothes.

A flying bomb (buzz bomb) dropped in the hospital grounds and blew all the windows in! None of us were hurt. One lady had hysterics, but only three went into labour, which surprised the doctors.

By 10 September the V2 rockets were arriving. They travelled faster than sound and as they exploded, the sound arrived and the noise was terrifying.

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Message 1 - First Birth under Bombing Rockets

Posted on: 24 January 2005 by Tamas T J Kaszonyi

Dear Jaon Rhodas, I hope the Birth of your first Baby were successful as well !
My question to you , as you given birth to your baby under that must de-
vastating condition ( enemy racket attacks ) did your level of pain were
much higher compare with your later
labor in the process of childbirth (in
peace time I presume ) or lower , please ? Thank you !
Also did you felt that you baby, were
" cooperated - loving harmony with you and in the fighting Spirit " ?
Thank you so much ! Iam sure that Your
Self - Your Dear Baby And all the Doc-
tors ,Nurses,Cleaners, Air raid wardens and your Husband were all great Heroes were !!!
Yours Very Sincerely with my millions of thank you and the very best wishes
with Gods Blessings to you and yous All !!!
as Tamas Kaszonyi
24 January 2005

Message 1 - first birth under bombing rockets

Posted on: 08 June 2005 by Shirley Croucher

My mother Irene Croucher gave birth to her third child on the 22nd of July 1944. When she went into labour the ambulance could not find a hospital that could take her as the doodle bugs were coming thick and fast and every where was being bombed.She said that it was so frightening. She ended up giveing birth to a son in the driveway of a hospital in Dorkin, She found out later that the hospital was right at the top of a hill,and mies away from were she lived in Kingston on thames. As luck would have it My father had a 72 hour army leave pass and was able to be with her.They were travelling home by bus when a Doodle bug came right across the road in front of the bus ,Just missing them and landed some way away in a feild.

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