Saturday, April 30

World War 2 Coincidence

Buzz Bomb - V1 Flying Bomb
Photo: Roby

A World War 2 coincidence story today by Hilda.

"I have many war time memories, but one story stands out in my mind. My husband was in Germany in Neimegen at the time of the Arnhem Battle. I was here in London with my three year old daughter dodging the 'Buzz Bombs' (V1 Flying Bombs, as photo above).

We were out one day and walked into an exploding bomb, from which we escaped. My friend and I said, "Let's take the children 'somewhere' for a little rest from the bombs!"

I had a friend who lived outside Birmingham who said that she would find me somewhere to stay. This turned out to be Yardley Wood, Birmingham.

One day an ARP (Air Raid Precautions) workman knocked at the door and said, "Your husband is here in Birmingham Queen Elizabeth Hospital - suffering from burns on face and hands."

I immediately went to see him - looking like the invisible man - no face to be seen. The next day I had the War Office Telegram telling me what had happened.

The whole point of my story is that I went to Birmingham and my husband Captain D J Keenan RA was flown there wounded at the same time. Isn't that a coincidence!"

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1 comment:

  1. Now THAT's an amazing synchro. Sad, but astonishing, really, when you think about all the things that had to come together for her to end up where her husband was.