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- Statford. East London
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- 02 February 2005
It was on the 1st of February 1945.(I was living in Stratford, East London) When I was sitting in the back room of the house watching my dad making a model ship out of wood. He was modelling a ship that he had sailed on a few years previously. It was early morning so there was plenty of light coming through the window into the room. I was in awe watching my dad carving away at the wood when all of a sudden we heard a humming noise, which was getting closer, and then everything went silent. The next thing we knew was the room going pitch black for several seconds. With this dad got up and made a dash through the scullery into the back yard, me close at his heels. I looked up to the sky and saw, (what I thought) a black dog. I turned to my dad and said "Look, theres a black dog in the sky?" He turned to me and said that dog happens to be a Doodle Bug (V1) and ordered me to get back into the house.
My mum and elder brother were at the time shopping in Angel Lane, Stratord. The V1 had landed in Barmby Street,West Ham, which was about a mile away. It killed 28 people and injured a further 23.
Dad was very concerned about their safety and was relieved when they came home half an hour later, safe and well.
This is one experience that I will never forget
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