Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Donnington Road, 1944

Can anyone with a knowledge of Worcester Park history help ex-pat David with his quest for information on a bomb which fell on Worcester Park in 1944? Davvid writes:

"I'm an old geezer who many years ago (about seventy.) lived and went to school in Worcester Park. Our family moved to number 43 Donnington Road in 1938 and owned the house until about 1958 when my mother moved to Eastbourne.



I have lived in Scandinavia, both Norway and Sweden (where I now live) for 45 years.


I have recently started to write about my life including, of course, my boyhood in Worcester Park and am now seeking information about the buzzbomb that fell in 1944 at the junction of Donnington Road and Windsor Road.

I was twelve years old at the time and my brother Bob, eight and when the bomb fell we were evacuated to Stalybridge near Manchester. My sister, who was fourteen, was at home alone and saved herself by creeping under our Morrison shelter and covering her head with her arms. She remembers the event but cannot place it in time.


I am grateful for any information that anyone can give me."
 
If you have any information for David please post a comment below (or e-mail me on the address at the top of the blog and I'll pass your e-mail on to him).

6 COMMENTS (Add Yours Now!):

Kathie said...

I live in Moreton Road near to the Windsor Road junction. When my son was about to start at Cheam Common Junior School, he was given a project to find out the history of his home. He and I spoke to the old lady across the road who has lived in Moreton Road since the 1930's and she told us that this buzz bomb took the roof clean off my house and the house next door. I knew that my upper part of my house had been restructured at some point but hadn't realised that this had been done by the Luftewaffe. It certainly hadn't shown up on the survey when I bought the house in the early 1990's!

The Brinkster said...

It could be this one, although it puts the date as June 1943:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/stories/69/a2096769.shtml
"Our house in Windsor road Worcester Park received a direct hit from a doodle bug in June 1943. The bottom five houses in Windsor Road were ruined and rebuilt about 1948. "

Surrey Susan said...

Good luck David, I'm sure you will find out a lot more - have you tried looking through old newspaper microfiche in the library?

Chris said...

I was told as a kid a bomb fell next to the railway in Lynwood Drive opposite Donnington Road, hence the obviously newer houses built there. Having read this post I am now wondering if the houses that were there were actually destroyed by the V1 (as the blast could easily have travelled unimpeaded down Donnington Road).
I'd be interested to see any photos taken of Worcester Park during the war years.

anjacouto said...

My mother is in her 80s now - lived in WP from 1933 - 1946. Unfortunately, her memory is not too good now, although she does remember long-term much better than recent events. She spoke of a possible POW camp in a no-go area down Green Lane and over "the bumps" - said that there were prisoners down there. She was a child of course, and so details are a bit sketchy! Her family had an allotment as mentioned in the blog, and she has vivid memories of the buzz bombs, and being pulled into a house on Longfellow road to escape machine gun fire.

jimbo said...

You must mean 1944,as they hadn't started in 1943.I was aged 5 and a quarter,and living at 62 Tudor Avenue and clearly remember being in the back garden when a doodlebug cut out and it dived and exploded about a mile away on Worcester Park.This could be the same one as yours and the same one that nearly killed 0ne year old Sir John Major in Longfellow Road.

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