Pat recalls horror of doodlebug bombing

PUBLISHED: 10:15 20 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:09 26 October 2009

The bombed-out houses after the devastating raid

The bombed-out houses after the devastating raid

PAT Parsons remembered how the explosion caused by the bombing of Selwyn Crescent, Hatfield, where she used to live, sucked the air out of her lungs. As an eight-year-old she described how she was terrified by the bomb that killed her friend, Irene Knig

PAT Parsons remembered how the explosion caused by the bombing of Selwyn Crescent, Hatfield, where she used to live, sucked the air out of her lungs.

As an eight-year-old she described how she was "terrified" by the bomb that killed her friend, Irene Knight and her mother.

Pat, whose maiden name is Hall, said: "Irene, her mother and their two next-door neighbours were killed.

"I lived at number 12 and Irene lived five doors down.

"As I recall, Irene's father had just returned to his RAF base from leave that evening and news was waiting for him that his wife and child had been killed.

"He was such a delightful man."

She described the damage caused by the bombing as "devastation" and ominous sound of the bomb heading towards them.

"My own feet were cut to pieces with broken glass when I ran out of the house, as I had no shoes on," said 72-year-old Pat.

"I had just been undressing for bed when the siren sounded and shortly after the terrifying noise of the Doodlebug's engine which then cut out.

"An explosion followed and a 'whoosh' which seemed to suck the air out of my lungs."

She also told how a couple were killed in the attack leaving their daughter Betty buried under the rubble of their house.

"I remember my uncle, Bob Hall, lying down in the debris to sing to Betty to try and keep her spirits up.

She added: "Big lights were focused on that area and you could have heard a pin drop as his voice flowed through the air.

"Happily, Betty survived.

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