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The Air Raid Shelter, Its Uses and Abuses, in the Black Country

German aeroplanes were expected at any time, bringing gas and explosive bombs... The local council...

Wartime Education of an Engineer, Wolverhampton

On the field, the duty officer would decide the runway direction and instruct the electrician accordingly....

Evacuation from Birmingham to Belbroughton

Friday morning 1st Sept. arrived — we loaded the buses to take us to Hockley Heath station —...

The Battle of the Beams

It didn't take Professor Jones to discover that number 51 was Wolverhampton, 52 was Birmingham and...

Demobilisation and return to the U.K. by Edna Stafford (nee Hodgson)

There were only six of us in the W.A.A.F. who were home for demobilisation, the rest being A.T.S. girls, so...

Growing up in Wolverhampton

So I ended up at Manders Paint Works in Well Lane, Wednesfield working for ICI which had taken over this...

No Blitz, No Me and My Uncle, the Bevan Boy

With the ferocity of the London Blitz, my grandmother and her children were evacuated to the West Midlands,...

Evacuation to Bell Hall

Our final destination was Bell Hall in the village of Belbroughton. Bell Hall was like being in an...

A Busy War

I enjoyed driving, and I felt that I was doing something useful, and what's more I was stationed in a...

Memories of being in the Army

One of my funniest memories of being in the army was when I was injured. I really enjoyed my days in the...

Quality Street in Short Supply!

Mavis, " I thought that my father had been killed at one point as bombs had been dropped very near his...

Bombs & Shelters

I think I was dressing up in my mother's long dress and, like I say, I shot into the pantry as if...

Down in the Shelter

Then, Dad - he only used to work across the road at the ECC - and he used to go firewatching in...

The wave of a Nazi pilot

As we dashed through the back door of the house, my father rushing ahead to open the door of the air raid...

The Real Home Guard in the Black Country

During a dark December night in 1942 and whilst on duty for the home guard manning an ack-ack ant-aircraft...

Wolverhampton VE Day Celebrations

Somebody started to walk into Wolverhampton town and we all followed them... We were all together from the...

The Grocers Daughter

My father would keep a book in which he wrote who had had the last special food eg tinned food so all...

Home Guard in Wolverhampton

I joined the ARP as a messenger boy and I remember when Coventry was being bombed I was sent to the Rock...

German Parachutists at Wolverhampton.

One evening I was instructed to meet a police car, and I was then driven with 3 other officers towards Penn...

Daylight Raid

As a small boy of eight years walking to school, I saw a German bomber... It turned out to be a stray...

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