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Kaga simpson
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316 of 327  Tue 19th Sep 2017 10:05am  
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Shortly Michael Portillo will be doing a documentary on Shepton Mallet, may be of interest to some of our ex-service forum members. Shepton Mallet was an Army jail (Glasshouse) that was feared, kept much of a secret during the war, but about 1943 time the Yanks used it for a couple of years, here they had a death row and executions. It also held some of Britain's hardest villains in 1945. Life was so bad for them they self-inflicted injuries, jumped off balconies etc to get a brief spell in hospital. The prison hospital was a few miles away at Shaftesbury, where I met some of them (as a guard), not a pleasant experience for an eighteen year old Coventry kid.
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Kaga simpson
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317 of 327  Tue 19th Sep 2017 10:20am  
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Midland Red, then I got my dates wrong, sorry about that. It was definitely the Junkers crash I visited. But I never heard of a second crash, although I visited the Half Moon pub, Withybrook, often during that time. Our friends' farm was down the switchback lane of that village.
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Midland Red
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318 of 327  Tue 19th Sep 2017 3:51pm  
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A bit more info about the Junkers crash - it hit balloon cable site 4, 916 Squadron, was wrecked, some bombs exploded, some jettisoned over Coventry Does anyone know the balloon cable location?

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Midland Red
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319 of 327  Tue 19th Sep 2017 3:56pm  
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On 19th Sep 2017 10:20am, Kaga simpson said: Midland Red, then I got my dates wrong, sorry about that. It was definitely the Junkers crash I visited. But I never heard of a second crash, although I visited the Half Moon pub, Withybrook, often during that time. Our friends' farm was down the switchback lane of that village.
The Heinkel crashed at Workshop Farm, Main Street, Withybrook Thumbs up Lionel Perkins, the dairy farmer there, witnessed the crash
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Annewiggy
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320 of 327  Tue 19th Sep 2017 8:57pm  
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This article is from the Midland Daily Telegraph 20th November 1940 from the British newspaper archive site.
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matchle55
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321 of 327  Wed 20th Sep 2017 9:19am  
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I mentioned this in a previous post, the plane crashed at Hopsford Hall Farm, near Withybrook. Kaga, I would presume that the Half Moon is what is now called the Pheasant??????. This plane, a Junkers JU88 crashed on Sept 16th 1940. Edited by member, 20th Sep 2017 9:25 am
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Kaga simpson
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322 of 327  Wed 20th Sep 2017 11:14am  
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Thanks to all the people that responded to this. matchles55 - I think the last time I went to the Half Moon was around 1949 and we used the aqueduct under the canal to cross the farm fields. The main entrance to the farm was from the Brinklow road, the entrance now has been changed to the switchback road in Withybrook so I've been told. The house my parents lived in at that time has now vanished under the golf course.
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323 of 327  Wed 20th Sep 2017 11:45am  
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On 20th Sep 2017 9:19am, matchle55 said: Kaga, I would presume that the Half Moon is what is now called the Pheasant??????
Yes, the Half Moon became the Pheasant Thumbs up
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Kaga simpson
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324 of 327  Mon 25th Sep 2017 10:11am  
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matchle55. The sequel of the story, my young 10 year old brother went back 5 years later to Hopsford Hall Farm and worked for them for some years
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325 of 327  Mon 25th Sep 2017 11:16am  
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I have fished the pool at Hopsford Hall many times, this is the first time I have heard anything about the plane coming down there..
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Kaga simpson
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326 of 327  Sun 1st Oct 2017 4:53pm  
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Around the time of the late 1920's the suburbs of Coventry were mostly farms and fields and heaths, in spring and summer fields clothed in beautiful wild flowers, hedges abundant with wild fruit and berries, birds of colour and song, the sky filled with song from many skylarks, the slough teeming with fish fed by two clean streams. The houses rang from laughter, crying, squabbles. Street life was the same, the village like one big family, ten-twenty kids playing football in the street ages from five to 16, we grew up as a friendly community. and the city for shopping, entertainment and pride. This was the world I was born in. But mid-thirties the streams began to get polluted from industrial waste, the fish and birds began to die and the world was talking of war. And my life turned upside down. Gone was the laughter. 1939, elder brothers and sisters, friends, were called away to war, and the houses died, the laughter and life were missing, so was the local football team, the team of our friends that we had grown up with, every one of them enlisted. Parents with a couple of teenage boys now had anxious faces, the smiles gone and everywhere was talk of 'Destruction'. The beautiful flowers were ploughed under, the birds fled from the gun-fire, lorries full of soldiers, tanks, guns across the fields, where people once picnicked. Teachers taught gas mask drill, first-aid etc, real lessons curtailed at a very early age. Bombing - relatives and friends died, the city I knew and loved, destroyed, hate took the place of laughter, my education was now learning how to kill and destroy, for more years than I had at a normal education. Buildings can be replaced, but memory remains the same forever.
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Greg
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327 of 327  Sun 1st Oct 2017 5:55pm  
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Thank you for painting such a word picture of the effect of the onset of war, Kaga. I was born in 1942 and my first memories are from 1945 but it was many years later that I found out that we had been bombed out and that the house I knew as home was, in fact, a house the family were temporarily renting. I found out little about what happened in the war, from my family.
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