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When Meg returned to Nantwich, she found herself living very near to my father, Jay Johnson, who had digs...

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The Burmese jungle is very dense and very hilly, air strips had been made in the jungle for aeroplanes and...

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I had to work with stores for several weeks, then I was given my own car - a number nicknamed...

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Evacuation to Buckinghamshire The unhappiness of my sisters prompted a phone call home, and soon we were...

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Although the eye-witnesses have identified this aircraft as a Spitfire, the lack of battle damage confirms...

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My uniform consisted of cordrouy breeched, strong brown leather shoes, long woollen socks, fawn cotton...

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Area command was provided by a master control centre at Sandon that covered all the local A.A Batteries,...

Chemistry and My Recollections of my Father and the Waricon for Recommended story

His materials were also crucial to the success of the bouncing bombs, designed by Barnes Wallis and used by...

A Wartime Childhood in Essexicon for Recommended story

Other houses had shelters in the gardens, called Anderson shelters, but my Dad said his garden was far too...

Growing up in Wartime Essex icon for Recommended story

I pleaded with my parents to be allowed back home, and as there had been more air raid warnings in...

Essex Village 1939-1945icon for Recommended story

Many a dawn we emerged from the cellar after the raids to see our golden cornfields ablaze with incendiary...

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I get over there and asked a couple of soldiers where the camps were,they told me to go down this road to...

Plane Crash in an Essex Cornfieldicon for Recommended storyicon for Story with photo

My dad, who was a member of the ARP, spent some minutes calming me down and then told me he had to...

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We eventually arrived over Woodbridge and made contact with their control and were told to land on the...

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In the autumn of 1944, as a boy of nine, I used to go with my 12-year old sister Pat to take...

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The cup and top set were undamaged so I quickly scoped up all the remains, put them into the cup, added...

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As we gathered outside the hall, it was decided that the younger ones should go home and a group of us with...

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When Edith had recovered and discharged it was felt prudent that David should remain at Briar Patch for a...

Enemy Rescueicon for Recommended story

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Reading my Wizard and Dandy, I believe I understand my father's war I see him back on the Somme, the...

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Shortly after, all the civilian workers were no longer needed at the REME so my friend and I were sent back...

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I started running home as fast as I could and ran into 2 girls about 18 years old who had been visiting...

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The last explosion we had heard was the arrival of a V2 rocket in Spansey woods on the edge of town,and...

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