Bomb Damage, Bucknall, Stoke-on-Trent

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Date:23rd of August 1942

Description:Bomb damage at the rear of Heathouse Lane, Bucknall, photographed on 23 August 1942.

Comment by David Salt:
"I was born on 29 January 1941, in 10 Hulton Road, Abbey Hulton. The earliest memory, that I can recall, is being carried in pitch blackness into an Anderson Shelter in our back garden by my mother. Other people were in there who I presume were my sister Marion, who would have been 6 years old, and my brother Arthur who would have been 8 years old. Very shortly after being taken to safety (I presume an air raid siren must have sounded) there was the loudest noise I had ever heard: a bomb had been dropped nearby by a German aircraft. The aircraft was trying to drop bombs on the Aluminium Works at Milton but dropped them too early and the bomb landed in a field behind the houses in Heath House Lane, Bucknall, causing considerable damage to the backs of the houses and leaving a crater in the field. That was on the night of 23 August 1942 and I was 18 months old."

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