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Gloucester during the war WW2

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After watching Blitz Street, Channel 4 about the Blitz in WW2

i was wondering how many bombs fell on Gloucester and where do anyone know

i heard about one at Hucclecote Co op area before ??

any one know ?

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Thanks Ed off to take a look

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I heard a story once, that planes were repaired near Gloucester during the war, and a repaired unarmed spitfire returning to its base came across a german bomber who dropped its load and high tailed it. the story goes that it eas was one of the rare times a bomb hit gloucester.

how true the story is ,i have no idea

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Thanks !

Just trying to find out how Gloucester got hit

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I remember my Mum telling me of an Anti Aircraft Gun Station at the Cemetry end of Finlay Road, so there must have been a fair bit of action.

Nobby :hehe:

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Thanks !

Just trying to find out how Gloucester got hit

Er, it was German BOMBS that did it Graceland ! You see the Germans had these big planes, flew over to England and.......... well... gravity did the rest. ;)

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YEA YEA YEA

No i was trying to find out areas hit in Glos then :ices_rofl:

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This story has been contributed to the People's War by the BBC Learning Centre, Gloucester, on behalf of John Harris with his permission.

I was seven when war broke out and living in Churchdown, near Gloucester.

During the war I witnessed a German Junkers 88 bomber mistakenly bombing Hurrans garden nursery instead of the Rotol Aircraft factory.

Three bombs fell from the aircraft, one of 1,000 pounds, one smaller and one that didn’t explode. The Germans also machine-gunned the area. I believe two people died at the nursery.

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Once again Eddie Your a star :icon_biggrin:

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My mum recalls that two houses in Barton Street at the back of the India house were bombed and today a builders merchants is on the site where the houses stood. She also recalls that in 1939 after her 7th birthday in June that from July onwards, two houses just over the junction of Derby Road were bombed and that two NEW houses were built on the site by a Mr Dowty of Coney Hill Road.

My mum also recalls that in Millbrook Street, that several houses, or possibly a whole row were bombed, as the Germans were trying to hit the railway lines, but obviously missed, possibly killing several families in the street. She has a good memory for a soon to be 78 year old. :)

I recall an old postman once telling me that a house in Painswick Rd, just opposite Cemetry Road, but up a bit to the left, towards town was also bombed, which meant that a house number was missing on his round, suddenly jumping to the next house. ( I don't know if that's still the case, or whether house numbers were altered afterwards ? ).

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I heard that one had dropped where the motor registry office is or was next to the park....stu

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My great-uncle, Jim Wyatt, was a fire-fighter at the Gloster Aircraft Company. As you can see on that link he recalls bombs falling at Montpellier, Napier Street and of course at the Gloster factory in Brockworth.

Gloucester was surprisingly important during WW2. The Cathedral was host to the Coronation throne and therefore also of the Stone of Scone. The Gloster works at Brockworth, Haresfield and Moreton Valence were working on the top-secret jet engine project and eventually the first allied jet fighter, the Gloucester Meteor, was tested at these sites.

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I know the old Elim Church was bombed out. I don't know where that stood at the time. I have seen a picture and report from the Citizen and have a copy somewhere. I'll try to find it and post it later on. I knew the old minister, Leon Quest who used to live in Tuffley when I was in Town.

It would sound like the story told earlier in the thread. It was on a raid and suddenly set upon by a fighter. It jettisoned it's bombs, causing a direct hit on a house across the road from the church. I know that at least one died in the house. Although the church was destroyed and there was a ladies meeting taking place, no one was injured. I'll try to find the report.

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doughnut thanks and all

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Found the photo, but cannot find the old clipping from the Citizen. So I don't know where the church building was. Leon Quest told me that he believed it was a miracle. The Ladies meeting was in progress, children were there with their mothers. He heard the planes and went to see what was happening. He actually saw the bombs fall. Rushed in and shouted for everyone to get under the pews. When the bomb exploded, all the walls except one fell, the one that didn't fall, he physically held (propped)up. The women and children got out then he let go and ran, the wall smashed down behind him.

He said they brushed glass out of the hair of the ladies and children, but no one was hurt or cut. The photo, if I remember correctly was the first Sunday afterwards.

During my time in Gloucester he was delighted to meet up with some of the women and the children, on the site where the church stood. I remember it being in the Citizen but don't have a copy of that. If you delve into the archives of the paper, I'm sure you will find out more.

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This has been a fascinating thread. I am seeing relatives weeekend, so I'll pick their memories

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This has been a fascinating thread.

Yes, I have to agree with you Eddie, even having been in OZ for 34 years I am amazed how much history I have gleaned from the BB's.

Keep up the good work and that includes everyone.

Nobby :hehe:

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Do anyone know about the Hucclecote one ???

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My late great uncle Fred, who was in his eighties and still had all his sharp wits about him, once recounted a tale about a house that was in the Longford area, where all the houses were built with lime cement. When a bomb was dropped by the Germans in WW2, the shock waves somehow caused ALL the bricks to jump and move, so that the brickwork of the house was twisted a few inches, so the building turned slightly and was out of whack.

Fred died in 1992 and was a font of knowledge regards the local history and events in and around Gloucester and If he was alive today, could probably tell us where nearly all the bombs dropped in Gloucester, as well as names etc, of the people whose houses were destroyed.

I'm sure that Glos Archives must have records somewhere, regards where the bombs were falling in Gloucester.

G-B

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I have just had a visit from an aunt, and she remembers a bomb being dropped in the barton area near Derby road where my uncle was at School.

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One dropped close to the Park, where Rikenel stands now. I remember being told that every time we went past there..

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I have just had a visit from an aunt, and she remembers a bomb being dropped in the barton area near Derby road where my uncle was at School.

Yes, that's the one my mum recalled and which I mentioned above (on page one ) Two houses were bombed.

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Do anyone know about the Hucclecote one ???

Yes my Aunt who lives in Hucclecote has mentioned it a couple of times to me. The bombs destroyed a small terrace or a pair of houses IIRC. They would have been near the War Memorial on Green Lane, again if I recall correctly.

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