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Ditching at St Ouen's Bayicon for Recommended story

Wireless Operator: Sgt L C Bolke, RAF Manchester, Age 22. To date, we had bombed various targets in the...

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We could enjoy the music and dancing while my parents made friends with other elderly people but above all...

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Arthur was living in Bristol when the War started in 1939 and at 17 years of age was too young to join...

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Broken lives and Families

1941 was to me the year of change, for my Family and myself, and for the remainder of my life, I well...

My life - Cyril Chapman - part two

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1940 Evacuation

The big move to get children to safer areas was underway, and most were being moved to Somerset and Devon...

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The windows have been blown in by a large bomb which demolished 3, 4 and 5 Victoria Square. A week or two...

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On Christmas Day Ma lifted the steamed pudding from the basin, untied the white cloth to reveal the dark,...

Bristol Home Guard 1940-41

My unit - “G” Section, No.11 Platoon, 11th.Gloucester Battalion - was very seriously involved...

Norman's War

We spent many a long night in the shelter, as the bombers would follow the River Severn to the Midlands but...

My Memoirs by Brenda

My dad said, “I will put a couple of bunk beds in the shelter for the kids and a mattress on the...

WW2 Through the Eyes of a Child in Bristol

Of course an admittamnce charge of one penny was charged to see the show and when we had enough funds from...

Perceptions

An hour or so after dinner dad and Karl set off for the long walk back to the camp and I scampered...

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My dad was advised that the safest place for an air raid shelter in our garden at Beaconsfield Road in...

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