Sunday, August 24, 2008

Shrapnel in the High Street

In the summer of 1942, a very large bomb was dropped on what we think was intended for the railway bridge crossing the Thames near Bourne End. As you can see by the map' it missed. The crater was some fifty to sixty feet across and about twenty feet deep.

The pin indicates where one piece of bomb fragment landed weighing somewhere between one and a half and two pounds in the High Street. It was on display in the window of Dudley Sims, the butcher, for quite awhile afterwards. Both Jack Smith and Mr. Brown of Station Road worked for Mr. Sims, at that time.

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