Tolleshunt D'Arcy councillor speaks of his near miss on D-Day

Councillor Robert Long

Councillor Robert Long

First published in News

A district councillor who survived a bombing on D Day in 1944 tells his story in this week's Standard.

Robert Long, Maldon district councillor for Tolleshunt D'Arcy, was a ten-year-old in Clapton, London, I when on June 6, 1944 the sky was almost black with the hundreds of various aircraft heading for Europe.

He said: "Being June it was fairly light in the early mornings and my parents, with my baby brother, had left the Anderson shelter to go indoors and left me asleep on the top bunk in the shelter.

"I was awakened by the explosion of the flying bomb which hit the shelter in the next garden.

"As I sat up in the bunk I watched as in slow motion the blast wall and door of the shelter disintegrating, with one piece coming slowly flying towards me hitting me on the shoulder."

* Read his full story in this week's Standard.

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6:51pm Sat 14 Jun 14

e5mitch says...

If a V1 had landed next door, the shock wave from the explosion would have hit him before the sound had woken him & given him time to sit up & watch anything!!
If a V1 had landed next door, the shock wave from the explosion would have hit him before the sound had woken him & given him time to sit up & watch anything!! e5mitch
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