It is likely that many of their memories will revolve around when the borough was heavily bombed during The Blitz, and was hit very hard by Hitler's 'Doodlebug
' V1 rockets.
RAF hero Joseph Berry was a pilot with an unusual skill - he was an expert at shooting down Hitler's feared VI "Doodlebug
" flying bombs.
terror continued until October 1944 when the last V-1 site in range of Britain was captured.
Graham said: "On the 28th Joe opened his account in the battle against the V1, despite the appalling weather, by destroying his rst two Doodlebugs
that afternoon; this was to be the start of the record number of aying bombs victories to come.
On my way to work one day, sitting on the upper deck of the number 12 tram, I heard the rasping sound of a doodlebug
. It was a terrible noise and it got so loud it seemed to be right overhead, then there was silence and a loud explosion.
In 1944, two doodlebugs
hit the environs of Buckingham Palace, near where my mother learned shorthand.
With twenty minutes flying time these 'under a fiver' doodlebugs
were apparently terrorising the night skies.
She was employed first as a telephonist and then trained to spot German planes for our anti-aircraft 'Ack Ack' guns in the North East of England, braving terrifying Doodlebugs
It was the dogged determination adopted by the British people in trying to keep a positive outlook on life despite all the carnage resulting from incendiary bombs and 'Doodlebugs
' flattening much of London and other cities.
As a railroad buff/photographer, Poole (dean of students, Texas Wesleyan U.) traces the history of the Edwards Railway Motor Car Company from its production of gasoline-powered "doodlebugs
" in the early 1920s to the company's rebirth in 1998 as the Edwards Rail Car Company making replicas of its earlier cars.
The author discusses the phoney war, evacuation, attacks from the air, food and rationing, school, doodlebugs
, D-Day and the effect of victory.
Among his achievements in masterminding a complicated network of imaginary contacts was convincing the German High Command that its Doodlebugs
and V2 rockets were overshooting London.