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The village in the middle of Bomb Alley

The village in the middle of Bomb Alley

25 June 2019

Marden received more than its fair share of doodlebugs during the war.

'I lay on the ground with my parents on top of me'

'I lay on the ground with my parents on top of me'

25 June 2019

Graham Elliott was just three when he was caught up in a devastating explosion in Carrington Road, Dartford, which claimed 10 lives.

'Four people had been killed'

'Four people had been killed'

25 June 2019

Harry Pierce and his family had a lucky escape when a doodlebug plunged into a nearby street.

'Dad told me bugs were taking soldiers home'

'Dad told me bugs were taking soldiers home'

25 June 2019

As a happily naive seven-year-old, Wouldham resident David Doye had no idea about the bleak purpose of a V1s.

'The family next door just disappeared'

'The family next door just disappeared'

25 June 2019

Malcolm Hodge was four when he saw a doodlebug which wrecked a street in Frindsbury.

'The milkman scooped us up'

'The milkman scooped us up'

25 June 2019

Helen Mill remembers having a ringside view of doodlebugs falling on London.

'Woman and child first? Not likely'

'Woman and child first? Not likely'

25 June 2019

"A doodlebug gave me one of my least finest moments," recalls Alan Bignell, of Woodleas, Barming.

'When night fell, everything changed'

'When night fell, everything changed'

25 June 2019

Pitch black nights, sunny days in the garden and a potty in the night shelter is what Alan Bye remembers of the Doodlebug summer.

'You would pray for it to keep going'

'You would pray for it to keep going'

25 June 2019

In 1944, at the age of six and not being an evacuee, Brian Goodhew got used to watching the doodlebugs coming over at all times of the day.

'If they got us they got us...if they didn't, they didn't'

'If they got us they got us...if they didn't, they didn't'

25 June 2019

Patrick Wicker showed no fear when the doodlebugs soared over the Medway Towns.

'The Doodlebug fell - and I ran for my life'

'The Doodlebug fell - and I ran for my life'

25 June 2019

When the doodlebug stopped overhead, little Joy Muggridge ran for her life.

'I found an intact Doodlebug'

'I found an intact Doodlebug'

25 June 2019

When a doodlebug hit the ground, it would blow into smithereens, all too often leaving a trail of destruction.

'All you could see were bottoms sticking in the air'

'All you could see were bottoms sticking in the air'

25 June 2019

Herne Bay resident June Mackenzie remembers having to take shelter beneath her desk during a maths exam when one of the bombers flew over Canterbury.

'Look out, the bug has got its a**e on fire'

'Look out, the bug has got its a**e on fire'

25 June 2019

Bernard Crowhurst, of Kirby Road, Stone, was nine during the doodlebug summer, and recalled watching flying bombs come over his childhood home.

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'Uncle Reg dived for cover under the bed!'

'Uncle Reg dived for cover under the bed!'

25 June 2019

Pat Miles, of Pilots Place, Gravesend, recalled how her family had a near miss when the doodlebugs first hit Gravesend.

'We survived...but I don't think the neighbours got out'

'We survived...but I don't think the neighbours got out'

24 June 2019

For five-year-old Herbert Crack the Doodlebugs were more a source of excitement than terror.

Where did Doodlebugs land in Kent?

Where did Doodlebugs land in Kent?

24 June 2019

Hundreds of bombs fell on Kent during the Doodlebug Summer. Use our interactive map to find out where.

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Where did the Doodlebugs fall in Kent?

Where did the Doodlebugs fall in Kent?

24 June 2019

Hundreds of bombs fell in Kent during the Doodlebug Summer. Use our interactive map to find out where they landed.

Park's secret D-Day tank tests revealed

Park's secret D-Day tank tests revealed

06 June 2019

A park which is now home to a hotel and spa was a secret testing ground for a deadly D-Day weapon during the Second World War.

Burglary suspect remanded in custody

Burglary suspect remanded in custody

15 January 2018

A teenager from Northampton arrested on suspicion of burgling homes in Kent has been remanded in custody.

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