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271 of 404  Mon 11th Sep 2017 7:45am  
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272 of 404  Tue 12th Sep 2017 7:23am  
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12th Sep 1993 Coventry born actor Harold Innocent dies in London. He played a number of roles in various TV dramas and comedies.
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273 of 404  Tue 12th Sep 2017 7:49am  
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274 of 404  Wed 13th Sep 2017 7:27am  
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13th Sep 1939 Available air raid shelter spaces were deemed to be inadequate, with spaces only numbering in the low thousands. 13th Sep 1985 Coventry Cable launched - later taken over by NTL, now Virgin Media.
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275 of 404  Wed 13th Sep 2017 7:51am  
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276 of 404  Thu 14th Sep 2017 7:09am  
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277 of 404  Thu 14th Sep 2017 8:37am  
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HMS Coventry sank on 14th September 1942 This site provides further detail, including its crew members
On 17th Sep 2017 10:40am, Kaga simpson said: I think it should be mentioned that Coventry WVS regularly sent parcels to the ship, books, puzzles, soap, shaving gear etc, and of course the CET, all donated by the people of Coventry. During the war there was a scheme that rolled up newspapers could be sent to personnel of the armed forces. I believe many churches in Coventry held a service of remembrance, I know the one I went to did. There were close links between the city and the ship.
On 17th Sep 2017 1:49pm, Roger Turner said: Kaga, I hope you don`t mind my bursting in on your comment with an item of my own, but it was the principle of adoption of HMS Coventry by the city. What I was going to ask is whether you or anybody else knows if it was done for other services, particularly the RAF. My father-in-law was a member of 82 Bomber Squadron that flew Vultee Vengeance dive bombers in the Burma campaign. I looked it up on Wikipedia and it mentioned that their nickname was "Coventry`s `own` Squadron", but it doesn`t say how that came about. My father-in-law was originally RFC, then newly established RAF until well after the end of WW2. He was promoted to be an engineer officer during that Burma campaign and when he finally left the RAF he was pointed in the direction of Coventry and eventually joined Bristol Siddeley as a technical author. I know he had ties with Coventry and Leamington industries all through his RAF service and in fact I think he felt he had come "home" to Coventry. Incidentally I wouldn`t have met my wife without his having come. I didn`t know about "Coventry`s `own` Squadron" until recently.
On 17th Sep 2017 3:55pm, Kaga simpson said: Roger Turner, Don't mind at all. I have no idea of that one but most towns adopted some unit of the armed forces, sent parcels etc. I would think the unit you mention, they may have taken the name from the blitz, some sort of gesture of revenge. Or maybe someone was from Coventry in the unit, there would be a link somewhere. Local newspapers were passed from billet to billet.
On 17th Sep 2017 5:03pm, Roger Turner said: Thanks for the quick response Kaga. You are probably right, somebody originally from Coventry may have been present in the unit, because I found the information on Wikipedia and somebody must have written the information for it to have got on there. A nickname is not the sort of information that just "happens" so somebody must have told the writer on Wikipedia or maybe the writer was actually a member of the squadron. Either way, speaking as an ex-Coventrian and meeting up with somebody I find served in a unit with some sort of connection to the name and the war is interesting, to me, in itself, so I am curious how it all came about - I guess I`ll never know. It may be to do with the blitz, people used to write things on bombs.
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278 of 404  Thu 14th Sep 2017 11:56am  
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Sunday, September 14th, 1980 The first day that all Coventry buses were one man operated. The last services that had conductors/conductresses, 7, 9, 9a and 31, were from today crewed only by the driver.
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279 of 404  Fri 15th Sep 2017 7:25am  
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15th Sep 1459 Henry VI and the royal family move to Coventry for safety before the Lancastrian and Yorkist armies meet.
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280 of 404  Fri 15th Sep 2017 7:45am  
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Telegraph photos taken on 15th September Thumbs up [Ignore the Telegraph's heading of "14th" Oh my]
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281 of 404  Sat 16th Sep 2017 7:42am  
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282 of 404  Sat 16th Sep 2017 7:56am  
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On 16th September 1940, a Junkers Ju 88 of Luftwaffe bomber wing KG54 hit a balloon cable over Coventry and crashed at Withybrook. Hauptmann (captain) Henke and Unteroffizier Rattay were killed, and Feldwebels (field ushers [NCOs]) Baur and Perleberg baled out and were both taken POW.
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283 of 404  Sat 16th Sep 2017 9:36am  
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16th Sep 1937 Trinity Street was officially opened. 16th Sep 1940 Not only bombs on this occasion, but the pilot of a low flying Luftwaffe aircraft opened fire on civilians in Stevenson Road with machine guns. (I guess the days of chivalry were over for some! Sad )
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284 of 404  Sun 17th Sep 2017 7:32am  
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285 of 404  Sun 17th Sep 2017 10:40am  
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17th Sep 1398 Henry Bolingbroke (Duke of Hereford) and Thomas Mowbray (Duke of Norfolk) meet at Coventry on Gosford Green for the famous duel that was cancelled by Richard II. Henry Bolingbroke later became Henry IV.
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