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Londoners rejoiced on VE Day

Regarding your solicitations regarding “Where were you on VE Day?” I happened to be in London, England, or rather what was left of it following the blitz (this is the way all of the natives referred to the continuous bombing by the German air force) during that hellish period following the battle of Britain. I was in the vicinity of Picadilly Circus, along with several thousand others and we were all ecstatic at the news, so it was like one enormous party. I was recovering from the trauma of a daylight bombing raid upon our London suburb when I was caught in the open by a German bomber escort fighter which strafed the street with sufficient 39 mm HEI cannon shells to destroy several automobiles, my left hand and my mother’s sanity. I think the VE Day celebrations must have lasted for a week. Seems as if everyone was eager to share their experiences now that the nightmare was finally over. One of the lighter moments, in retrospect, was when one of Adolf’s V2 rocket bombs landed on a nearby factory which produced female “foundation garments.” No loss of life, but when we crawled out of our bomb shelters the following day, we found that all of the trees for about a 100-yard radius were festooned with corsets.

Brian Pearson

Nevada City


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