Home Kent's Doodlebug Summer
It's 75 years since doodlebugs began raining down Kent. In a series of special features, we talk to people who lived through the drama.
Bernard Crowhurst, of Kirby Road, Stone, was nine during the doodlebug summer, and recalled watching flying bombs come over his childhood home.
Pat Miles, of Pilots Place, Gravesend, recalled how her family had a near miss when the doodlebugs first hit Gravesend.
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.
When a doodlebug hit the ground, it would blow into smithereens, all too often leaving a trail of destruction.
When the doodlebug stopped overhead, little Joy Muggridge ran for her life.
Patrick Wicker showed no fear when the doodlebugs soared over the Medway Towns.
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.
Pitch black nights, sunny days in the garden and a potty in the night shelter is what Alan Bye remembers of the Doodlebug summer.
"A doodlebug gave me one of my least finest moments," recalls Alan Bignell, of Woodleas, Barming.
Helen Mill remembers having a ringside view of doodlebugs falling on London.
Malcolm Hodge was four when he saw a doodlebug which wrecked a street in Frindsbury.
As a happily naive seven-year-old, Wouldham resident David Doye had no idea about the bleak purpose of a V1s.
Harry Pierce and his family had a lucky escape when a doodlebug plunged into a nearby street.
Graham Elliott was just three when he was caught up in a devastating explosion in Carrington Road, Dartford, which claimed 10 lives.
Marden received more than its fair share of doodlebugs during the war.
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