Residents recall fateful attack by German bombers
PUBLISHED: 12:33 29 January 2008 | UPDATED: 22:04 26 October 2009
Derrick Ingrey of Clarke Road, Hatfield, recalled the attack on October 3, 1940, and remembers the fate of the German pilots in the shot-down bomber. The 82-year-old said: I was in the air raid shelter near the 94 shop on the aerodrome when we were bombe
Derrick Ingrey of Clarke Road, Hatfield, recalled the attack on October 3, 1940, and remembers the fate of the German pilots in the shot-down bomber.
The 82-year-old said: "I was in the air raid shelter near the 94 shop on the aerodrome when we were bombed.
"I was an aircraft woodworker apprentice for five years.
"As it flew back from bombing the de Havilland it was shot down to earth by a BOFFA gun.
"Later I heard there were two men in it and a policeman who was lodging with my mother and father was given the job of getting to the scene and keeping guard of the prisoners until they were taken to Hatfield police station.
"It was a sad time because I lost one of my greatest friends, an apprentice at the aerodrome, who was killed in the bombing."
n ROY Warren, of Knightsfield, WGC, was a 16-year-old and also an apprentice at the time of the bombing.
He described the period as "a worrying time" as two flying bombs had also destroyed two sites in Hatfield.
The 83-year-old who used to live in Lemsford Road, Hatfield, recalled a flying bomb that skidded over his home and destroyed the then St Audrey's CofE School, in Endymion Road.
He said: "It was about half past six in the morning and I heard the ominous whirring noise of the flying bomb so I dived under the bed.
"Then the noise suddenly cut out and the bomb exploded in the school.
"It killed quite a few people I knew and colleagues from the experimental department went down to the school to patch up the damage.
"The bomb that hit houses in Selwyn Avenue [Hatfield] I knew less about because of people's notion of careless talk cost lives - but it caused a lot of damage.