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mcsporran
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166 of 174  Wed 4th Nov 2020 11:48am  
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Prof's picture of bus EWK 240 in post 106 of this topic was taken by a War Office official photographer, and was formerly Crown Copyright but this expires after 50 years. There is a full resolution copy at commons.wikimedia.org. Although the bus appears to be a write-off, new vehicles were unavailable, and the chassis and engine were in sufficiently good condition that they were given a new body and the bus continued to operate for many years. Edited by member, 4th Nov 2020 11:49 am
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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167 of 174  Thu 5th Nov 2020 10:17am  
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mcsporran That doesn't surprise me, we lost so much that night, do you know if he took the photo 124 on this topic? I actually clambered on the rubbish to get a better look at what the firemen were spraying, and didn't at first understand why the hell they didn't remove the damned thing, before they tackled the fire, as they could have got closer with the pump as well. There were a few trams burnt out that night. It ended the tram service abruptly. But what it did do was to lighten the city, the city had very tall buildings, narrow streets and dark hemmed in places, a wonderful place of smells, intrigue and mystery - each shop different, a stones throw to the other side of the road. Dodging in and out of the trams, suddenly all gone, a heap of rubble, broken buildings, still burning - it took months for it to sink in. It never really did for me. I think of Coventry, and it's before the war, and the fifties, still broken.
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Annewiggy
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168 of 174  Thu 5th Nov 2020 12:00pm  
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Kaga I again don't understand "That's not true." The original picture in question is the same picture in the IWM. You asked at some point when it was taken and who took it, so I found you that information for you on my post on 128. The picture in the book on page 46 is also the exact same picture and someone has decided it was Broadgate which we have already decided was incorrect. As far as I am concerned, "just getting my point across" we have ascertained where the bus was, where the bus stop was and who took it. Discussion closed.
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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169 of 174  Thu 5th Nov 2020 2:35pm  
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Annewiggy Then maybe we have different books, for Coventry’s blitz book says exactly what I said, bus stop in Broadgate. I'm not a liar, I now know the book made a mistake, I know exactly where it was, and as I said NeilsYard showed a picture of it, but no one has shown it again. I also know the whole building was about to come down without any bombing, Anne, I'm really sorry about this, but feel the forum may have thought I was exaggerating.
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Helen F
Warrington
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170 of 174  Thu 5th Nov 2020 2:44pm  
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Kaga, enough now. We know that you were right about what the book said but the book was wrong about the location. You didn't lie but Anne wasn't wrong either. Hopefully we are now in agreement on that. Can we say no more about the bus?
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Kaga simpson
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171 of 174  Sun 15th Nov 2020 9:25am  
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80 years ago and Coventry had just experienced a nightmare of a gigantic size. No one can explain it for it affected each and everyone in a different way, nearly everyone of us already had brothers, fathers, sisters, in extreme danger, thousands not to return, maybe a woman who had lost sons or husband welcomed the nightmare, who knows. But for most they had watched this happen to London, Liverpool etc on the cinema newsreel. We knew this would happen, but not on the scale, and time it did, and certainly in real life it was not imaginable. Coventry suffered a bombing raid of length and scale that tried men to their limits, in bravery, in seeing suffering, destruction, fire, exhaustion, it was all there, there was no escape for most. It was so immense that men returning in the morning were cheered to the rafters, the relief could not be imagined when relations were found safe. You can think about it, but if something triggers that memory, then it still returns, even the acrid smell. People may try to write of it, but get nowhere near the real thing. All over the town people experienced emotions that changed almost every second, the drone in the sky, entering or leaving, the distance of the bombs, small pieces of glass through the air, or maybe steel girders. Coventry people faced it all, and you should not forget it was your kith and kin that fought this war, so you should have freedom.
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Kaga simpson
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172 of 174  Sun 15th Nov 2020 2:27pm  
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Rob Could you please e-mail me again, Thank you kaga
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Old Lincolnian
Coventry
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173 of 174  Sun 15th Nov 2020 3:59pm  
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Radio 4, 8.00pm tomorrow. "The Raising of Coventry" "Telling the story of the bombing of Coventry 80 years ago on November 14th, 1940. Told through the eyes of fictional characters, eyewitnesses, experts and archive audio." May be worth a listen (it will be on iplayer after)
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Rob Orland
Historic Coventry
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174 of 174  Sun 15th Nov 2020 4:14pm  
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On 15th Nov 2020 2:27pm, Kaga simpson said: Rob Could you please e-mail me again, Thank you kaga
Hi Kaga, If you hover your mouse over your Username (where it says "Logged in as Kaga simpson"), right-hand-side at the top or bottom of any page, a little menu will pop up. Click "Your mail" - you'll find it in there. For convenience though, here's a link to your mail.
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