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The First Air Raid?
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Bob Garven from Perth. Posted 22 Feb 2006.
May 1940 and I was on Govan High School playing fields, Drumoyne, with other pupils who had not evacuated. The school was closed for the summer holidays but there was an arrangement to keep youngsters together under supervision, presumably for safety reasons.
So there we were, several dozen youngsters with a few teachers who were organising football and cricket teams.

Games hadn't got started when there was the sound of an explosion . Everyone turned towards the sound and we could see the plume of smoke and dust rising over by Scotstoun way to the north. Then there was the pulsating drone of an aircraft and I looked up and was able to catch sight of the plane before I heard the scream of bombs falling, a sound we were all familiar with from war films.

"Down boys down" the teachers cried and we all flung ourselves face down on the grass. I think I could find that very spot today as I am sure I left an imprint as I pressed myself into the earth in sheer panic. We were assured afterwards that "you never hear the one that hits you" but that was no comfort at the time. That was the most spine chilling noise I have ever heard.

Crump,crump,crump as the bombs landed and the ground beneath us shook and then the sound of the aircraft receding. We all rose and the first thing I saw was the sight of Alex Nicholson my Form Master running at full speed towards the site of the explosions and who could blame him for his house and wife were very close by. Any semblance of control had vanished and everyone just left the playing fields as they wished.

James Glover and I decided to go and see what damage had been done and I picked up my bag from the classroom and noticed that the electric wall heater above my desk had been dislodged by the blast. I thought "good job we hadn't been at lessons!". Ten minutes later we were looking at the craters created by the bombs. The first one had landed centre field on Tinto Park, home of Benburb J.F.C., the second on the railway embankment and the third on the south side embankment of the line to Greenock. As far as we could see no real damage had been done but unfortunately this was not to be so at Scotstoun.

It should be noted that there was no air raid warning and as we stood there we heard the sound of another aircraft. This turned out to be the RAF or it could have been the FLEET AIR ARM from Abbottsinch in hot pursuit. It was a biplane, perhaps a Gloster Gladiator, and we could clearly see the helmets of the 2 man crew as they passed overhead. The German bomber had a headstart and I remember us discussing the futility of this chase.

In hindsight, it shows how unprepared we were at that time and how if that bomber had been 3-400yards out with his aim what was intended to be a safety measure, collecting children in one place under supervision, could have resulted in a disaster.
   
Henry Kennedy from Titusville, Florida USA. Posted 10 Apr 2006.
I would guess that I was in the vacinity of the same Tinto Park bomb you mentioned. I was at my grandmother's house on Tormore St, Drumoyne. While cleaning my teeth with the medicine cabinet open the bomb went off and all the wee bottles fell out of the cabinet. I had heard no warning sirens either. Regards.




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