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A Close Encouter on the Way to the Shop

by BBC Southern Counties Radio

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BBC Southern Counties Radio
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Ann Jones -maiden name Smith
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Ditchling Road, Brighton
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10 August 2005

This story was submitted to the People’s War site by Torunn Kjolberg and has been added to the website on behalf of Ann Jones with her permission and she fully understands the site’s terms and conditions.

I was 5 when the war started and 11 when it ended. What has really stuck in my mind is when they bombed the viaduct here in Brighton. I would have been around 9 and on my way to the shop at the bottom of Ditchling Road buying a loaf of bread for my neighbour. There was a baker’s shop at the corner. As I was walking down the hill an aeroplane started circling around so close that I could see the pilot! Seconds later he started machine gunning the street. I ran for my life and my neighbour came and got me and put me in the cupboard under the stairs and she wouldn’t let me out for what felt like a long time. When I got home to my mother all the windows in the house were gone, but luckily no one I knew got hurt that time.

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