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Working at De Havilands

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22 July 2005

This story has been submitted to the People's War website by Brian Minorfor GMR Action Desk on behalf of Mrs Ivy Buckley with her permission. The author is fully aware of the Terms and Conditions

I was 20 in 1942 and worked at De Havilands until 1945. My job was inspecting propellor parts for the Mosquito aeroplanes.
Sirens went a couple of times and we had to go into the shelters and suspend production.
People were working there from all over the world- some from ther West Indies - some from the Channel Islands. These were people who had to leave their homes in the main. Everyone had to work in those days.
I remember being in Walden when the Manchester blitz was at its height. The sky was red all over.
I remember going in the park when they were dropping incendary bombs.

My Dad was an air Raid Warden and one night he saw a stream of rats crossing the road.
In remmember going to Worsley woods in 1944 anand seeing lots of fully armed Americans obviously getting ready for D day.

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