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Kaga simpson
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16 of 29  Sun 28th Jul 2019 7:12pm  
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Would the first bank in Coventry have been Woodcock and Son in Smithford Street, around 1810 when the paper money came in. Coventry centre was full of underground cellars. Pearl Hyde ran her 'Devils Kitchen' from deep in the Central Police Station, the morning after the blitz. It became so famous they built a replica in New York, they wanted to run a biblical film feeding of the 75,000 hungry, homeless, hurt and sick. She made a documentary instead. On the open ground they put wooden huts - Co-op, Barclays, Freeman H&W, Boots etc. Smithford Street corner, Weaver to Wearer up and running within a fortnight.
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Kaga simpson
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17 of 29  Tue 30th Jul 2019 11:15am  
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Before the war, Mayfair in London was the aristocrats’ playground. The Cafe de Paris, the most glamorous night club in the world, huge chandelier above the dance floor, dimmed, all glitter, a world of fantasy for the rich. It had as resident the most foremost jazz band of the day, led by a West Indian. The band was way out above any other band in the country at the time. Jazz musicians, singers, fought to get a showing with this band. But in 1941 it had a direct hit that killed most of the band and a number of high ranking wartime officers. It didn't open again till well after the war. This was about three weeks before Coventry had its second most serious raid.
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Kaga simpson
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18 of 29  Thu 8th Aug 2019 2:25pm  
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When we pulled out of Dunkirk in May 1940 it was a massive defeat. That spring and summer of 1940 the public's fears of invasion was high, possibly to the invasion leaflets and to Churchill's denial that the bombing had moved the invasion focus. Around the time of the Coventry blitz a de-coded message was passed to Winston saying Hitler had ordered the dismantling of air loading bays in Holland. It meant the operation 'Sea Lion' invasion of Britain was almost certainly postponed if not called off altogether. No wonder then when Churchill visited Coventry, saw the workers and people's response to the blitz, he smiled and took out his largest cigar. But the bow was kept taut until about Christmas I believe before we thought the danger was over.
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Kaga simpson
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19 of 29  Sun 11th Aug 2019 10:22am  
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I do not remember a floral clock in Coventry but Hove, Sussex had a famous one, but Annewiggy mentioned Toc H. I was in a bar in London with a friend - it was full of commandos, airborne and such. He started to take the micky out of them, he was drunk. The guys started getting edgy. I grabbed him by the shoulder, dragged him outside. “You trying to get us lynched?” We stumbled across the road and I booked us in the Toc H for the night. It was similar to the YMCA as I recall.
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Kaga simpson
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20 of 29  Fri 13th Sep 2019 12:36pm  
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Not sure if anyone's interested. Now in the village of Sherbourne, Warwickshire, there was a family named Maudslay. They founded the Maudslay motor company, their cousin founded Standard Motors. There are graves in the village churchyard of some of the Maudslays. Here is were I found out, got interested. Their son was one of the crew of the great 617 Squadron (Dambusters) and was killed aged 21. His plane had been hit with flak, came down in Holland. The pilot that actually breeched the Moyne Dam was named Maltby - he went on a further mission to the Dortmund canal, but for some reason it was aborted. Maltby turned over the North Sea, his wing tip touched the water and the plane cartwheeled into the sea.
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dougie
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21 of 29  Sun 2nd Feb 2020 8:39pm  
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A YouTube download that people may like to look at. Please have a look, it only takes 4.30 minutes - I've put the short version on. A most moving piece of British TV history.
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Kaga simpson
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22 of 29  Fri 7th Feb 2020 9:07am  
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3spires, Yes the glider pilot regt was stationed at Larkhill, Salisbury Plain. How apt, giant gliders hanging in the air like larks on the wing, what a beautiful sight, but that was as near as you wanted to get. When the war depleted the numbers of the 6th, by the time of Market Garden only the 1st were up to strength, later when amalgamated, we had a c.o. from the 1st who was actually from Perth, Oz.
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Helen F
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23 of 29  Sat 22nd Feb 2020 9:16pm  
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talking of wartime inflatable tanks ebay item - I have no connection
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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24 of 29  Sun 23rd Feb 2020 2:55am  
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A good one Helen, hope it fooled Adolf. Lol
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mcsporran
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25 of 29  Sun 23rd Feb 2020 3:46am  
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They should have used them as barrage balloons, would have given enemy pilots a shock.
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Annewiggy
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26 of 29  Sun 23rd Feb 2020 8:22am  
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Talking of barrage balloons we watched a really silly 1942 film on Talking Pictures on Tuesday called “ The balloon goes up” but it did show some interesting footage of barrage balloons at Cardington, Bedford, which was a training ground. An interesting shot if one if the big hanger's full of balloons.
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Earlsdon Kid
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27 of 29  Sun 23rd Feb 2020 4:09pm  
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I'm sure the following is quite a familiar experience for many who lived in Coventry at the time; both my parents to be (they were not yet teenagers at the time and hadn't yet met each other) had the experience of barrage balloons descending on their house and gardens. My mother lived in 'Browns Lane' opposite the Jaguar factory, where her father worked, had a balloon come down in their back garden, no doubt giving the chickens a bit of a fright! The house is no longer there, having been demolished some time in the 70's I think, to make way for an access road to new build houses on the land behind the house. My father lived in 'Billing Road' and had the same experience with a balloon coming down from its position between 'Billing Road' and 'Maudsley Road', somewhere near the bakery that was there for many years. I guess 'Bakers Lane' gives the game away!
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Covkidd
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28 of 29  Sun 23rd Feb 2020 7:18pm  
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I knew an old chap who lived in Pilkington Rd Canley Gardens. He told me about a barrage balloon that broke away from Hearsall Common. It wedged itself between his house and the one next door. It popped with a bang and put a big crack down his inside bathroom wall. He was still peeved that he had to pay for the damage repairs himself.
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NeilsYard
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29 of 29  Mon 24th Feb 2020 4:46pm  
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Don't forget this War Memorial Park Barrage balloon footage I added to the Park thread a while ago. Thumbs up Edited by member, 24th Feb 2020 4:46 pm
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