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Air raids
May 15, 2011
1:16 pm
empirestate
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Those of you who lived in the all mighty US of A during the war probably never experienced one. However, for those of us who lived in Europe, France, England, Germany, or in my case, Norway, what did you do during air raids? I'm not talking about drills, but actual raids. Bombings came over our city and I was so scared! We were rushed into a basement that our home had, and I felt safe, but I worried about the people who did not have the luxury of a secure shelter! The sounds of those bombs falling and the screams are just the scariest thing I've ever lived through!

May 15, 2011
4:49 pm
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empirestate said:

Those of you who lived in the all mighty US of A during the war probably never experienced one. However, for those of us who lived in Europe, France, England, Germany, or in my case, Norway, what did you do during air raids? I'm not talking about drills, but actual raids. Bombings came over our city and I was so scared! We were rushed into a basement that our home had, and I felt safe, but I worried about the people who did not have the luxury of a secure shelter! The sounds of those bombs falling and the screams are just the scariest thing I've ever lived through!


My parents have childhood memories of blackouts and a couple of air raids that turned out to be false alarms, but no actual bombings.  Still, they were prepared—their homes had basements, as did many homes of that era, and they had the regulation blackout shades in their windows.  I currently live in a home built in 1913, and (besides the original fixtures) it has a basement, as well.  When I venture down the staircase to retrieve some homemade preserves or canned fruit, I often wonder what stories this house could tell! 

 

Empirestate, did you have food and supplies stored in your basement in the event that your home was bombed?  How long did the raids last, and when did you know that it was safe to emerge from your basement?  Druing the bombing raids, did you ever experience any near-hits?

May 23, 2011
1:32 pm
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We lived in coal camps and later on my Grandfather's farm so if there were air raids or sirens, we wouldn't have known it. The coal camps that the coal company had was too cheap to do anything like that. As far as blackouts, we didn't have electricity at that time so our coal oil lamps weren't bright enough to have to use the blackout curtains. We went to bed, most times, with the chickens anyway because we had to be up at 4am to milk.

May 23, 2011
8:19 pm
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Jazzy, yes we were stocked with food in the basement. It was more deep underground than that I think. They lasted anywhere from 30 minutes to 8 hours. They were very scary, especially later on in the war. In the beginning, Germany was winning. I remember when my father sat us down in late 1944 and said the war was lost for us, and that we had to begin to take precautions.

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