Living in St Albans during WW2
By Eamonn O'Malley
I was born in 1938, so I can remember the latter part of the war. I can clearly remember the “doodle-bugs” (V1 rockets) and the sound they made, rather like a 500cc motor-bike with no silencer. When the sound stopped, that was when they dropped. I can remember one night being in bed between my parents and one flew over very close to us. We were very scared of that one. The motor stopped, it seemed right above us, and I remember my mother saying to my father in a faltering voice, “This one’s for us, Eddie”. And then we heard a terrific explosion quite nearby. I think it hit two houses in Camp Road, because I later saw a new bomb site there, just near Hill End hospital. We lived in Hedley Road, about equi-distant from de Havillands and Handley Page aircraft factories, but we had very few bombs drop in the area.
I read the article by Kevin Ellis about Boxmoor during WW2 and realised that he is of the same family that my parents knew. We used to visit them, and I clearly remember him and his parents. I think the war was still on when I last saw him.