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The Blitz remembered (audio)
The interview begins with a news report about an air raid on London. Throughout the interview there are extracts from news reports describing the scenes during the bombing raids. Ernie Havis was just 13 when he joined the volunteer fire service, and he talks about his duties. He recalls being most afraid when attending large fires, as he knew the light of the fire would make them all an easy target. This clip from Witness is published on the World Service website: bbc.co.uk/programmes/p004t1hd and was first broadcast on 23 September 2010. Please note this is an audio clip and only available in Flash.
Listen to the BBC reporters who commentated on the air raids and the rescues. What feelings would people have who were listening to these commentaries on their radio?
Why was Ernie so moved and emotional when telling the story of the crashed plane?
Ernie has managed to have a stone memorial built on the site where the plane crashed. Write about 30 words that could go on to the memorial to express the feelings behind this event. You could start with 'In memory of...'
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