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Memories of London during the V1 attacks - "A nice cup of tea"

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posted on 2024-06-05, 18:11 authored by Their Finest Hour Project Team

My mother, then Mavis Hewison, worked in Downing Street briefly during the war. She was 18 when war broke out and had entered the civil service.

This day on her way from the tube to work, the droning sound of a V1 flying overhead suddenly stopped as its engine cut out. Those few moments of silence as the bomb fell to earth were terrifying for anyone below. In this instance my mother was one of the lucky ones, just far enough away to be unharmed. She spoke about that day from time to time, and always injected the spirit of the war by saying "Well, you just had to get on with it".


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A poem about the day during the war when a V1 exploded not far away from my mother as she was walking to work in Downing Street (Exact date unclear)

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Mavis Loft

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Jim Loft

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She was my mother

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Shared online via the Their Finest Hour project website.

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