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CHARLES Wilde of Guisborough has sent us two photographs which may interest our readers and also memories of the night when the V1 flying bomb flew over Teesside. An event which has featured in Remember When, in at least two articles in recent editions.

Charles writes: I enclose two photographs which maybe of interest. The football team, below, is Crathorne Football Club taken in about 1910. My father, Edmund Hatfield Wilde is on the extreme left, front row. He was the gardener at Crathorne Hall.

The school photograph, above, was taken at Guisborough Providence School in 1922, my sister Phyllis Wilde is sixth from the right, middle row. s

Reading Ron Harbron's account of the V1 attack in the October 2009 issue brought back memories of that night. I was awakened from my sleep by my parent's excited voices in the front bedroom and got out to see what was happening.

I did not need to ask what was happening because the distinctive sound of the flying bomb was unmistakable. The newsreels at the cinema had vividly illustrated the effect of this new weapon upon London and the shape of the missile and its unusual sound had become engrained in our minds. But to see one at first hand was certainly unexpected. We lived at Cemetery Lodge, Guisborough at the time and as I looked out of the window I could only see a pulsating glow disappearing into the distance but the sound was still very clear. Shortly after that another came, directly over the house. Compared with the first one it was quite low and the distinctive outline and the pulsing glow of the engine could be seen clearly. It was heading directly for Bousdale Farm above Hutton village and looked as though it did not have sufficient height to clear the top of the hill. We watched it until it went out of view seemingly just missing the farm. We were so excited we did not go back to bed, the attack was so unexpected that I do not recall any sirens sounding a warning.

. History tells us that this took place on Christmas Eve 1944 and that the bombs had been launched by specially adapted Heinkel 111 bombers off Flamborough Head.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jan 8, 2011
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