Bombed in the war
A lucky escape
By Christopher Masters
I used to live in Durban Road West opposite St Michaels Church and the Navy took over our house in the 2nd World War. They had a telephone line put in in 24 hours. We used to have bales of naval message pads in our dining room. My Mum used write her shopping lists on them, and I would take them to the shops. The shop keeper used to pretend he was getting important messages from the Navy.
I heard the whistle of a bomb
I was 11 when the war started. I remember once we were in an air raid shelter by Victoria School. We were in there for hours and they let us go about 4 o’clock. I crossed Whippendell Road by Lee Wiggs and Clark Dairy. There was a whistle of the bomb dropping and I ran into the alley next to the dairy. A man ran out and shouted at me to get out as the blast would get me in the alley.
The bomb landed in between 2 chimney breasts in Park Avenue, a lady in the front room survived. The blast went all the way down Durban Road West and broke the bay window in one of the houses.
Bombs were landing everywhere
A bomb also landed in the gas main in Rickmansworth Road. I could see the flame from my house. Three bombs landed in Cassiobury Park.
They built air raid shelters in 1940 under the car park at Sainsburys and one in Exchange Road, I think they might still be there today.