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Poetry D Jour by Beryl McMullen coming December, 2010


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Author Topic: The Blitz of Birmingham and its suburbs  (Read 23378 times)
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« Reply #15 on: September 06, 2009, 06:44:27 PM »

Cromwell,,     Thanks anyway for trying
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« Reply #16 on: October 04, 2009, 04:18:37 PM »

Hi You may remember me that old wrinkley 86 year old Jim from Stetchford
If you do you will recall we were bombed out in Nov 1940 while living in Bordesley Green East. Our neighbours who were also affected were The Ingrams on one side, the Mc Carthies on the other a family of nine children and mother and father
who lost 6 children and their father, next to them were the Astons Mr and Mrs Just around the corner from the Richmond Pub a friend was Bombed out. Do you happen to have a map of Stetchford Bomb sites or the number of recorded bombs dropped in the area? I also was involved in the unexploded bomb that was dropped outside the Atlas Cinema.

Incidentally I served on HMS Implacable Air Craft Carrier after the war and came home from Australia on her Arriving back in Blighty around March 1946.
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« Reply #17 on: October 05, 2009, 06:34:55 AM »

Cromwell, apologies but I somehow missed your post re the Valor field. It was on the other side of Bromford Lane to where the blue dot is, I'm trying to remember the name of that factory. I'll have to phone my Uncle as it was a couple of years before I was born! Smiley

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« Reply #18 on: October 05, 2009, 07:13:03 AM »

Jim, Map ends just at the hospital but what you must be referring to was on the night of Dec.3rd 1940 Bordesley Green was heavily bombed for four and a half hours and again on April 23rd 1943 ....the Stechford area was bombed on Aug 15th 1940............
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« Reply #19 on: October 06, 2009, 02:33:50 PM »




A  Night Remembered

The night was cool the moon was high
Search lights crisscrossing against the sky
Probing the stars with its ruthless beam
To catch the enemy within its gleam

Wailing air raid sirens began to sound
People stream to shelters underground
Evading adults I kept out of sight
So not to be stopped to watch the fight

Above the fires the sky an angry red
Making the heavens pink smoke overhead
Saw brilliant specks of flashing light
Anti aircraft shells exploding the night

The heavy drones of planes fill the skies
I shield with my hand to shade my eyes
See Heinkels Dornierís from the glow
Semi - illuminated in the street below

Watch a Hurricane climb for height
From out of nowhere to join the fight
A Heinkel with engine all aflame
Chased by Hurricaneís perfect aim

Awaiting explosions hold my breath
Inevitably it came with certain death?
A burst of light smoke before mine eyes
Added to the destruction and demise

High in the heavens see with my eye
Long vapours trailing through the sky
At times through a gap - a star will glow
In whirls of dark smoke the fighters go

The warring sounds left a sombre pall
The barrage balloons still pink stand tall
One balloon drifts through a broken cloud
Then the all clear came strong and loud

The fighter boys were all so very brave
Need show a little of their courage they gave
Itís not that I didnít feel any shame
For worrying my mom I am to blame. . .

Beryl McMullen

Aftermath

So many years have passed since our joint woe
The world has changed beyond belief.
Now our friends - were once our foe
And few left understand our grief.
Lt Ted Briggs, MBE.
 


 




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« Reply #20 on: November 06, 2009, 02:27:23 AM »

Here's a map of Birmingham city centre showing the extent of the hits made by the Luftwaffe ....


Click on image to enlarge ....


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« Reply #21 on: November 06, 2009, 04:02:36 AM »

Most of the bombs that fell near our house were incendiaries. Quite a few "hits" in our street. There were a few 500 pounders dropped in the local park as the railway ran along one side. As kids we used to play in the craters. Many years later, in the 70s I'm told, an unexploded one was found in the bottom of one of the craters we used to play in. No-one ever thought to check them out before.
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« Reply #22 on: February 07, 2010, 08:30:13 PM »

August 1942 Bombing in Handsworth



Rookery Road



Freer Road


(Public Works)
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« Reply #23 on: April 25, 2010, 05:57:34 PM »

My mum and her Gran were bombed out of their house in Leopold Street.  Is there any info on when this happened?
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« Reply #24 on: April 25, 2010, 07:01:01 PM »

I believe the park was bombed some two hundred times in 1942 T
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« Reply #25 on: May 02, 2010, 08:09:40 PM »


The Tree of Life memorial for those who had been killed in Air Raids during World War 11
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« Reply #26 on: May 03, 2010, 10:32:29 AM »

Beryl, I think that that is a monstrosity, What on earth does it represent in it's form...Cat
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« Reply #27 on: May 03, 2010, 07:56:36 PM »




The monument looks more like a Sports throphy to me..

Two hands holding a "ball"..

Maybe close up its more to the point of why its there
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« Reply #28 on: May 19, 2010, 08:39:21 PM »

I have stood beside it and read off the names. It is poorly put together as well as looking like a sports trophy .... as sheila put it ....

Sheila and Chessy where is Mikey, I haven't seen him on here for yonks ...?
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« Reply #29 on: May 20, 2010, 10:36:34 AM »

If anyone wants any info on this topic just ask as I have quite a few old ARP maps showng where the bombs fell during those dreadful times some areas are missing but you might be lucky and I might have your street

I lived at 78 Richmond Rd (Stechford/South Yardley) from 1942, but just before that a string of bombs was dropped in this area on or around April 10th 1941 with one I know hitting the Richmond Pub bowling Green and one the house next door No 76, which kiiled two people unfortunateley.  There must have been others bombs around this area that night.  Any luck with a map of this occurrence for my FH story?

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