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Time to reflect

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

“It’s a struggle to get through January,” is a post I sent on Facebook when I was asked how things were.  I am sure many people feel the same, but in reality we who live in this country are all pretty much lucky to live the lives we do.

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I recently took time to reflect on the past – a moment I share with you…

The usual chore of taking down the Christmas tree sparked off a spring clean.  I was sorting through the mountains of paperwork when I came across a note written by my late father – his memory of a day in 1944 during World War II when he was just a child.

He wrote:-

The Flying Bomb Incident

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One day in 1944 I was listening to the news on the radio.  The Flying Bombs and V2 Rockets were being sent by the Germans in France toward the south coast of England.

The man on the radio had recorded the sound of a Flying Bomb which had a distinctive tinny sound – unlike a plane.  He went on to say that when the bomb’s motor stopped it had reached the intended target and was ready to drop.

Later in the day I was with my Dad who was talking with the man next door. Suddenly I heard the distinctive sound that I had heard on the radio. I told my Dad that I thought it was a Flying Bomb. I said that if it was a Flying Bomb and it’s motor stopped it would be coming down. My Dad didn’t believe me until the motor stopped.

It fell in Oldham, 3 miles away and demolished a row of houses.  This was one of the few Flying Bombs to be launched from aircraft.


This highlights the fear that some children face every day.  Children from around the world whose countries are involved in conflict, such as Syria.

How privileged we are…

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