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15 October 2014
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BBC Radio Foyle celebrated it's 25th birthday in September 2004.Our listenership stretches across the North West of Ireland including Derry, Strabane, Limavady, Coleraine and Omagh.
Derry was of huge strategic importance during the Second World War with the western advances of The Battle of the Atlantic coordinated from Magee College in Derry. During the war there were 25,000 military personnel from all over the world stationed in Derry alone. It's said that there were so many ships along the Derry quay you could walk from one side of the river to the other across the decks of the flotillas, destroyers and friggets.
The war years transformed The North West not only because all the towns and villages were home to the military but with them came jobs galore. With the border to the Irish Free State so close smuggling became part of daily life.
Over the past few months we have been gathering stories and memories from people across the North West- from GI brides to smugglers, pilots to altar boys,shopkeepers to shirt factory girls, sailors to submariners - we have already gathered a broad number of stories from the area.
Of course we'd like more from North and South of the border in this North West area.

Our People's War producer Deirdre Donnelly has been to record stories in homes and day centres across the region and is more than happy to visit anyone with a story of the war years - whether you were at home, serving away or stationed in this area we'd like to hear your story.
If stories have been passed down through the generations we'd like to hear them too.

To get in touch with us telephone BBC Radio Foyle on 02871 378619 and speak to Deirdre Donnelly directly or email deirdre.donnelly@bbc.co.uk

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Stories contributed by BBC Radio Foyle

Davy Mitchell's German Spy By Bernard Mc Cormackicon for Story with photo
The Yanks Come to Town by Bernard MC Cormack
The Yank ' Big Leo' by Bernard MC Cormack
The Intruder by Bernard MC Cormack
On Hearing my First Foreign Accent by Bernard McCormack
A Thomas Cook Tour
Visit to a U-Boat
The Colour Yellow
The Perimeter Fence
The Night Derry Was Bombed
A Boy's Story
An Irish- Italian Romanceicon for Story with photo
Patsy Gillen's Memories of Moville, Co Donegal
Memories of a Bumboater in Moville
A Boy's own story of Donegal during the war
Life across the border in Donegal 1939-45
Nancy Cutliffe Remembers Glasgow 1939-45
THE 'BRITISH LADY' Tanker at MOVILLE
The Story Of The British Lady Oil Tanker by JJ Keavney
'SCENES FROM MY EMERGENCY' A poem of My impressions
Childhood Memories of Derry Smuggling and Rationing
Phil Cunningham's Chilhood Memories part 2- the Yanks
Phil Cunningham Wartime Memories of Childhood part 3 - Christmas
THe WAR YEARS IN LIMAVADY
PHIL CUNNINGHAM CHILDHOOD WARTIME MEMORIES PART4
THE BLACKOUT
MY TIME IN THE 1940S
IN THE TEALEAVES
THE SINKING OF THE ARANDORA STAR AND THE ORSI FAMILY'S SEARCH
Wartime Derry and High Wycombe
TOMMY BURNS FROM DRUMAHOE, DERRY REMEMBERS THE SINKING OF HMS REPULSEicon for Story with photo
A Fine Irish -American Love Storyicon for Story with photo
MY WARTIME BUSINESSicon for Story with photo
First Irish GI Bride in THE USAicon for Story with photo
A FOOTBALLERS WARTIME STORY IN DERRYicon for Story with photo
When the Uboats Surrendered at Lisahallyicon for Story with photo
A BOY MAKES A FEW QUID
GREAT BRITAIN POEM by BILLY FOSTERicon for Story with photo
War - a poem by Billy Fostericon for Story with photo
THE EVACUEEicon for Story with photo
THE DERRY YARD
CHILDHOOD MEMORIES OF DERRY 1939-45
Reminiscences of Worl War 2 in Derry, Northern ireland
HOME GUARD IN DUNGIVEN NORTHERN IRELAND
MY GREAT GRANNY'S MEMORIES OF BALLYLEAGRY
Wartime memories of Bangor
LIFE IN THE WAVY NAVY BEGINS
THE NEWFY-DERRY
DISCOVERING OLD AND NEW FRIENDS
Kathleen Thompson- wartime memories of a country girl
CLARE THOMSON - MY GOOD COAT, EASTER TUESDAY 1942
HILARY MC CLEAN BY THE BARRACK GATES OF EBRINGTON
YOUNG MATILDA'S MEMORIES -A Derry evacuee's tale
YOUNG MATILDA'S MEMORIES - An Evacuee's tale part 2
The night of the Messines Bomb in Derry
Margaret Molloy emigrates across the border to Derry
Mary Thompson - banana sandwiches with a difference!icon for Story with photo
Mrs Corrothers Saying goodbye forevericon for Story with photo
Maydwn Airfield, Derry - Nat Mc Glinchey remembers playing in crashed planes
THE EAGLE SQUADRON AT EGLINTON LONDONDERRYicon for Story with photo
FATHER JOHN DOHERTY FROM DERRY REMEMBERS THE CITYicon for Story with photo
FATHER JOHN DOHERTY MEMEORIES OF DERRY IN WAR - THE ALTAR BOY PART TWO
A NEW JOURNALIST IN WARTIME DERRY
EILEEN STARRAT - A WREN'S ADVENTURES PART ONEicon for Story with photo
Eileen Starrat - a wrens adventures part two
My Time in the Enniskillen Fusiliers & POW camp
Escape from Nazi Occupied Vienna to Derry
Escape from Nazi Occupied Vienna Part 2
Fire watching duty in Derry
Lord Haw Haw got me into bother
Smuggling antics across the border to Donegal
Working For Uncle Sam in Derry
Asked to take Billets
Messines Park, Londonderry is bombed
Smuggling and Factory Girl Romance in Derry
Mary Devlin - Over the border in My Da's van when the siren sounded
Eglinton Airbase - a boy's own playgroundicon for Story with photo
HOW NOT TO GET AN IRISH LASS by Ray Culleyicon for Story with photo
Charlie Mc Cann's boyhood Memories of Greencastle, Co Donegalicon for Story with photo
Hugh Mc Devitt - a Canadian Sailor in Derry
Paddy Gillespie Smuggling from strabane to Liffordicon for Story with photo
Jim Cowey on the 'Newfie-Derry' run dodging the Uboats
Hunting u boats in the atlantic from Canada to Derry
Michael Murray remembers the ARP and bombs in Derryicon for Story with photo
David Mowbray from Derry joins Parachute regiment
Alexander Moore sees action in the Royal Navy
John Beresford Ash and The US Marines stationed at Ashbrook, Derry
Young Tessa Recalls The Yanks in Derry
A boy says goodbye to his father
Ken Furness Flies Special Operations
Fountain Street and Factories of Wartime Derry
YANKS IN DERRYicon for Story with photo
Making A Few Quid in Derry When The Troops Arrived
A Wren in Derry
THE NIGHT OUR STREET WAS BOMBED
Bumboats at Moville,Donegal
Coming into Derry port on a royal Navy corvette
St Johns Ambulance In Derry
Mrs Boggs recalls Eglinton, Derry in wartimeicon for Story with photo
'Living On The Runway at Eglinton 'and 'My Brother The Hero'icon for Story with photo
Tom Chook remembers Derry and Malin
Bishop Daly in Beleek during the war
living on the border between Derry and Donegal
In The Merchant Navy - The forgotten heroes
Life in the Navy for an Irish Lad
A Leicester Wren in Derry
Life on a Corvette derry, Canada and Liverpool
Minesweeping in the Med and subs surrender in Derry
Memories of Strabane
An Local Defence Volunteer Protects the Perimeter Fence in Eglinton
Living in Donegal, Working in Derry
Planes Crashing at Eglintonicon for Story with photo
Gabrielle Deanes recalls The Night Derry was Bombed
From Donegal to Derry to work during the war
Doodle bugs And A Queen on A Bicycle
A Donegal Mother Produces Five US Naval Heroesicon for Story with photo
Daughter of a Marine takes a trip to ireland in her Father's footstepsicon for Story with photo
The Lord Major of Belfast Plays Cupidicon for Story with photo
Silly Hitler poem by Betty Marriot
Hitler is A Fool - a poem by Billy Dougherty
THe Flander's Poppy a poem by Billy Foster
Minesweeping From Portsmouth to Derry
A Bitter Sweet Romanceicon for Story with photo
Pellipar House and Dungiven 39-45
The Canadian Navy Remember VE DaY and Derry
A Sad Moment
On An Oil tanker

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