Category Air raids

A Snippet from 5th May

Tuesday 5th May 1987 saw the death of Wing Commander Robert Roland Stanford-Tuck – one of Britain’s greatest fighter piolets of the Second World War conflict.  Born on the 1st July 1916 in London, England he became one of the highest-scoring fighter pilots in the Battle of Britain, having taken over the leadership of 257 […]

A rather different Christmas Eve – a close encounter with a Meteorite

The earth may not be facing a devastating cosmic impact in the near future but that doesn’t stop around 500 pieces of space debris – aka ‘meteorites’ – hitting the earth each year.  It was on Christmas Eve 1965 that the Leicestershire village of Barwell became the unexpected ‘hosts’ to one of the largest meteorites […]

In times of war

This time last year I was posting the story of the creation of the ‘Corps of Commissionaires’  by Captain Sir Edward Walter KCB in 1859 – the first to find an effective way to provide jobs for ex-servicemen who were willing and able, despite having wounds of conflict, to work on their return after the […]

Zeppelins over east anglia – the on the spot reports

On the night of Tuesday 19th January 1915 the first Zeppelin raid on English towns was carried out after darkness fell. At half past eight four bombs were dropped Yarmouth, a man and a woman being killed, a soldier seriously injured, and much damage done to property. The raiders flew over Cromer but did not […]