Raiders Foiled in Air Attacks on London: 1940

The onslaught continued into September 1940.  This article appeared in the Bromley & District Times newspaper. Fine Work by R.A.F. fighters and A.A. Gunners   Waves of enemy bombers, supported by fighter escorts have failed in repeated thrusts at London’s defences. Mass raids by day and cruising “nuisance” planes at night have formed the enemy’s tactics against Britain this week. In the attacks over Kent, R.A.F. fighter aircraft and anti-aircraft guns have smashed large formations of German bombers and escorts, sending them racing for home depleted and battered. The R.A.F.…

Bombs on Villages during World War 2

This sad report were published in the Bromley & District Time newspaper on 6th September 1940. Family of Four Killed A husband and wife and their two boys were killed in a quiet Kent village on Sunday afternoon, while they were in a shelter.  There is no military objective of any kind in or near that village – it was just a case of ruthless indiscriminate bombing. On Friday several bombs fell in a Kent beauty spot.  An old mansion was destroyed, but happily no one was in residence at…

Dunkirk Evacuation

From the Women’s page by Elvira The level of help at the evacuation of Dunkirk spread far further than just the small ships. Look at some of the things people of Kent gave. Dunkirk Sleep still impossible. I have been idly turning the few pages of “Kent.” There are some portions of great interest referring to the part Kentish towns and villages played during the great evacuation of Dunkirk.  It is a little startling to read that at Paddock Wood a bacon cutter cut up 1,500 loaves from the Sunday…

Sapper R. G. Jones

As reported in the Bromley & District Times in 6th September 1940 Prisoner of War Mrs R. G, Jones of Maeberry, 10 Nichol Lane, Bromley, received a post-card from her husband on August 29, stating that he is a prisoner of war in Germany. Sapper Jones left England on May 20 and his wife received a letter from him dated May 24.  Then she had no news other than that he was missing, and neither the Red Cross nor War Office could give any further information.  Mrs Jones is now…

Unexploded Bomb on Railway Line

Danger coolly tackled by staff In the South of England an unexploded bomb fell a short distance from a main-line signal box and train services had to be temporarily suspended.  As the bomb could not be disposed of immediately, a screen of laden coal wagons was placed on the up-line to enable single-line working on the down-line. Volunteers were asked to work freight traffic past the spot. The traffic and locomotive running staffs volunteered to a man and the crews of down trains from London were equally responsive, refusing to…

Lance Corporal E. A. Palin

Reported in the Bromley & District Times, 6th September 1940. Prisoner of War Mrs G. L. Plain, 61 Newbury Road, Bromley, has received news from her husband, Lance Corporal E. A. Palin, who was reported missing on May 22, that he is a prisoner of war in Germany. Joining the Army in 1930, he served with his regiment in India for six years, but returned to the mother country on completing his service.  He was recalled just before war broke out, and was drafted to France early in September. As…

Harvesters in a Raid

Reported in the Bromley & District Times, 6th September 1940 Mr. E. S. Oak-Rhind writes to The Times:- Somewhere among the fields of Kent while waiting for the Hun advance, I watched the harvesters at work and wondered as to their reaction to the fight that must take place, so shortly, in the sky above.  Presently the sound of the advancing enemy was audible, but still the harvesters work went on, until there roared overhead our intercepting squadron. _s one man the workers stood upright and still, doffed their caps…