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From: Phil Allsopp <>
Subject: Re: Bomb Targets
Date: Thu, 16 Jan 2003 16:33:50 -0600
In-Reply-To: <PJECJGOOKHCHNJMJECBKAEPMCGAA.james.franks@freenet.co.uk>


Jim:

That R101 must have been a wonderful sight to see. Did you get any Box
Brownie shots of it?

Also, I've often wondered whether dog fight spectators were ever in real
danger of being peppered or killed by spend bullets/canon shells or their
spent casings which could be pretty heavy.

Phil

On 1/16/03 2:11 PM, "James Franks" <> wrote:

> Phil et al,
> Dust Destructor,
> From the top of Stanmer Villas where boyhood was spent, we had a wonderful
> view of the Destructor. Most vivid memory of it, apart from watching dog
> fights between Hitler's lot and our fighters, is of seeing the R101, (or
> similar Zeppelin type of craft) flying past the Destructor. Must have been
> mid 30s.
> Jim.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Phil Allsopp [mailto:]
> Sent: 15 January 2003 19:38
> To:
> Subject: Re: Bomb Targets
>
>
>
> David :
> First time I've heard the term "Dust Destructor" in a very long while.
> While at the Downs School Annex in one year (maybe '57), I witnessed workmen
> dismantling that chimney - or so it seemed from the classroom window. The
> Annex was on that side of the hill and directly overlooked the DD and the
> old Abattoir that used to be there.
> Phil
> On 1/15/03 1:32 PM, "David Jeater" <> wrote:
>
>> The most obvious target at that time, when viewed from
>> the air, would have been the 200ft high 'Dust
>> Destructor' chimney off Upper Hollingdean Road. It was
>> eventualy pulled down in about 1957.
>>
>> I'm only 58 so I wasn't around at the time. But Lord
>> Haw-Haw once described attempts to bomb it as 'Damage
>> was done to installations in the Bay of Brighton.'
>>
>> D.J.
>> --- peter evans <> wrote: > I
>> used to walk past Allen West every day on my way
>>> to
>>> junior school. A lady tenant in our house worked
>>> there, always wearing that kerchief (babushka?)
>>> around
>>> her head that tied in the front and was worn to stop
>>> machine-hair entanglement. One time Jerry bombers
>>> dropped three close together but they landed quite
>>> some distance from Allen West. We scavenged for
>>> shrapnel of which thre was plenty. On another
>>> occasion, a bomber was shot down and the big buzz of
>>> the day was that one of the crew who parachuted out
>>> was impaled on one of Allen West's railings although
>>> I
>>> never saw it. A stray aicraft bullet came through
>>> one
>>> of our school windows once. We also lost a class
>>> member to night bombing.
>>> So often on our way to school we would see the
>>> contrails of high altitude dogfights. It's hard to
>>> believe it all actually happened.
>>> Peter
>>>
>>> original message:
>>> --- Ted Brooke <>
>>> wrote:
>>>> Military targets ??
>>>> Allen West, Cox's pill factory in Lewes Road,
>>>> Preston Barracks, Stanmer
>>>> Park, Roedean School, Sussex Square, 2 X 12" guns
>>> on
>>>> the sea front between
>>>> Dukes Mound and Black Rock, and prior to D Day
>>> there
>>>> were trucks and tanks
>>>> under every bush. If you want a couple more you
>>>> could add every pub that
>>>> had beer or whisky in stock. The gas works at
>>> Rifle
>>>> Butt Road was probably
>>>> the target when Whitehawk got hit, tho' with the
>>> use
>>>> of Stuka dive bombers,
>>>> as in that raid, they should have been closer.
>>>> ted b
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> The nearest
>>>>>> bombs to Stanmer Villas were Dover Road. You
>>>> were nearer Alan West
>>>> which
>>>>>> was just about the only 'military' target in
>>>> Brighton.
>>>>>> Jim.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
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