Author of "Hastings in Peace and War, 1930-1945
" remembers :
"I heard the unmistakable roar of a V1"
Mary Haskell Porter
"My own Doodlebug story dates from 11th July 1944. Around 12.30, I was in Silverhill on my way home for my mid-day meal, and wearing a new school dress, I heard the unmistakable roar of a V1 approaching, and as I turned into Vale Road, where we lived, I looked up to see the bomb very low down, and almost over head. Close behind it was a fighter plane. I saw and heard two bursts of gunfire as the plane fired right into the flaming tail of the bomb. Its engine cut out immediately and the bomb started to fall. I thought it best to dive behind a near-by wall where I lay waiting for the explosion, It came within a few seconds, causing the ground to shake beneath me. I gathered myself up and ran the rest of the way home to find
my mother waiting for me. She took one look and said, 'Whatever have you been doing ? Look at your dress, It's filthy !' Apparently the dress, acquired with difficulty during clothes rationing, carried more importance than I did ! Fortunately, the bomb exploded , just off Sedlescombe Road North without loss of life."