When the Second World War broke out in September 1939, blackout precautions were immediately put into effect, due to the dangers of night time bombing raids. Ironically, New Bradwell's new electric street lights, which had only been completed two weeks previously, were switched off and not used again for six years. Bradwell's Blitz consisted of two bombs on Sunday October 20, 1940. First, two flares were dropped at the end of Bridge Street, landing on the allotments, now the school playing fields. Then the two bombs were dropped on the western end of the high street, the first landing on the road outside "the Laurels", creating a 30 ft crater, the second at the end of the high street, demolishing numbers 71, 73 & 75 and killing five people. A local legend tells of a baby still in its cradle that was expelled through an upstairs window by the explosion landing totally unharmed nearby. The so called "Bradwell Blitz" was one of the most dramatic event in this part of North Buckinghamshire. (The activities at Bletchley Park a few miles south were top secret). An unconfirmed therory suggests that the bombs may have been aimed at Wolverton Works, which was involved at the time in the highly camouflaged war work. The Bradwell Blitz was during the Blitz the fourth and last phase of the Battle of Britain.
Famous quotes containing the word blitz:
“Timothy Winters comes to school
With eyes as wide as a football-pool,
Ears like bombs and teeth like splinters:
A blitz of a boy is Timothy Winters.”
—Charles Causley (b. 1917)