Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

We Knew There Was a War on at Marske; YOU ANSWER

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

We Knew There Was a War on at Marske; YOU ANSWER

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I AM writing to you in response to your remarks about the air battle when the Luftwaffe sent hundreds of aircraft from Denmark to attack the airfields of Yorkshire and the North-east. This was possibly the last big battle of Britain.

My home at the time, with my parents, was in Cat Flat Lane in Marske with the old aerodrome across the road which was, at that time, a Royal Artillery regiment training barracks. Hearing gunfire I stood on the front door to step watch. I remember a brilliant blue sky and saw shell bursts in the sky but could not see any aircraft. However, eventually a lone Spitfire came in over the dunes.

It was in the same flightpath used by the Lockheed Hudsons from Thornaby and as our house was fronted by fields we were the first houses they would pass. As he passed he turned his aircraft over in what was called at the time a "victory roll" indicating that he had destroyed a German aircraft.

The only people I saw watching apart from myself were two or three men of the Royal Artillery. …

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