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- People in story:
- Laurence Shuardson
- Location of story:
- Shetland Islands
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- 21 December 2005
I was going to school and I had two miles to walk. I was on top of a hill at a place called Bobby Ratter Loch, when this black pencil like aircraft came from behind me. I could see the people in the aircraft, it was that low. I later found out it was a Dornire 17.
As it passed over the guns started firing from Sullum Voe, the shells were dropping in the sea and exploding in the air. I took fright, ran down the hill to see my friends and told them that I wasn't going to school that day, and then I ran all the way home and hid in a haystack.
The bombs and shells were dropping in the sea and making big splashes. One hit near a village school. My uncle, who was a haulage contractor helping to build the airfield at Sullum Voe, went and picked up a fragment of this bomb. It lay around the house for years as a doorstop.
Apparently the only casualty was a rabbit; and there were pictures in the national press about this rabbit. I was led to believe that the 'Crazy Gang' wrote a song called "Run Rabbit, Run" - what truth there is in that I don't know!! That was the very first bomb dropped in the Second World War.
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