of the raids on the county during 1940-41.
During the 1939-1945 war, we lived in Rugby
Road, Hinckley - father, mother, sister and myself. My sister and
I recall the air-raids vividly and with dad being in the Home Guard
and an ex-army officer, we had a good idea of what was happening,
where, and remember many, many, incidents and long, noisy nights.
I remember the major raid on Leicester very
well. It coming so soon after the major raid of the 14th November
on Coventry, allied to the part that my mother had, on the 20th
November, to take me to Markfield Hospital via Leicester. The Newarke,
where we waited for a bus, was a shambles, and then mother became
lost because of diversions for U.X.B.'s on the return journey.
When the bombs were dropped on Merevale
Avenue 16/17th May 1941, they blew my sister down the stairs and
me out of bed! There was only two explosions. As bombs were uncommonly
dropped in 3's or 6's, there has always been a suspicion that one
landed to explode later that night.
By J. Sleath