Letter recalling World War II bombs
IT IS understandable that publishing a reader’s letter is a privilege, not a right and you certainly have an obligation to avoid fake news, when possible. Nevertheless, I was very concerned when a recent letter from me was taken down, as some parts would have been historically disputed.
I arrived in Hove in 1940, sitting in a chair in the back of a Fox & Sons moving van. At that time, the upper part of the back of the van could be rolled up and down so that my mother and I could see the snow falling outside. It was freezing cold, but cheaper than traveling by train.
In 1951 I left Hove to work in London. My memories of Brighton and Hove are therefore, to a large extent, of the war and post-war years. Due to the war that we now see in Ukraine, many of these memories, which we thought were lost, are coming back.
Since deleting my letter/email, I have checked the contents and found nothing that could be proven false. Among other things, I contacted historian Richard Langworth, Senior Fellow of the Hillsdale College Churchill Project.
I also looked at the figures given in the German “Documentation der Vertreibung der Deutschen aus Ost-Mitteleuropa” and compared them with Alfred Zaya’s book “Nemesis at Potsdam”.
Of course, it is difficult to prove anything that is remembered without written evidence. I remember as a child seeing the British warplane, which crashed on the east side of Park Close in Hangleton, but couldn’t find anything about it in the local papers or on the MyBrighton website.
Nevertheless, it remains a fact that I experienced and will never forget, because if it had flown 150 meters further, it would have hit our house.
Opinions may vary, but does anyone who didn’t live in World War II really have the right to deny eyewitness accounts?