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Bombs were falling over the place

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Bombs were falling over the place

You see, all their, all their men they were sent overseas. And we was over there, and we took over England, Canadians and Americans. All their men is overseas, so mostly left was women and children. So they were good, they were good, they were good to us. Like, when I was in convoy duty, driving, we’d go drive somewheres and we’d stop for an hour’s break. Every hour we’d stop 10 minutes, and then they’d bring out tea and lemonade for us to drink. They’re nice people. I also feel sorry for the, for the women with their children. Like, when the air raid sounded off, they’d be all scared, trying to get their children to here, to get in the air raid shelter and I feel sorry for them, trying to be safe. And bombs were falling all over the place. Only last a little while, maybe 15 minutes, they don’t last all night. And then they’d come again probably like at night, maybe next morning again, and about next night, again. There’s one day, ten nights in a row they were over, every night. And then, after a while, they had these flying bombs. These flying bombs they ain’t got nobody in them, but they must have fuel in them, because you could see them coming, and there’s a fire in back of them, driving. And all of a sudden they’d run out of fuel, I suppose, and they’d make a dive bomb, power, power bomb. So they’ll land any place, all over the place. As long as you see them, you know you’re safe. It’s when you don’t see them, or when, when you don’t hear them, you’re hit, ‘cause when you hear them going by, or see them, nothing to worry about. And we was in a place right by the coast. They were just flying right over, right over, and they’d go inland somewheres and they’d cut off and land somewhere and explode. We don’t know where it lands or where it is. Only one time it landed - we were having breakfast one morning - that was the first morning that it ever landed near us and we heard a great big explosion. All the windows shattered and then a big explosion, all shook up. Then we went round, we seen it out in a field. It landed in a field, it didn’t hurt anything, just made a big hole and that’s it. But the ones like London, they done a lot of damage, because there were all brick buildings stuff like that. When they hit, they crumble right down. There’s places in London all you would see was just, sometimes just the stack of a stove pipe, stove pipe stack standing up. Sometimes a part of a building, we would take it up. While you’re up there you would see, just the, like a bathtub or something like that. There were a lot of them that just went down, nothing left.

Mr. Moulton describes the kindness of the English people and the impact of bombing.

Donald Moulton

Mr. Moulton was born in Tobique, New Brunswick on March 29, 1923. As both of his parents were ill, he lived with relatives and attended different schools. Unable to find work in Canada, Mr. Moulton worked in the United States in both the lumbering and manufacturing businesses as a seasonal employee. He enlisted in the Army and shipped overseas as an infantryman. However, after developing foot problems, Mr. Moulton was transferred to the Ordinance Corps where he served as a truck driver for four years, transporting goods throughout Great Britain. In 2005, he took part in the Aboriginal Spiritual Journey to France and Belgium. Mr. Moulton currently resides in Tobique, New Brunswick.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
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Donald Moulton
War, Conflict or Mission:
Second World War
Ordinance Corps
Truck Driver

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