Like to try re-enacting? Interested in NFS history? Like vintage vehicles? Interested in WW2 events? Like to have a go? Then why not join us? Have a look at ‘About Us’, and get in touch. Email: info@nfs-afs.org.uk

Recent videos of us in action: Rufford Air Raid (2013) and by Ian Beck,  Lowdham Floods 2012, Crich Tramway Museum 2012.  newsreel of the air raid at Rufford by Ian Beck. James Walker made this video at Rufford 2012 using a tiny camera attached to his person whilst he went up the ladder! Our current leaflet is here: NFS Vehicles Group recruiting with 2014 events, and has the events list on the back.

You can contact us at info@nfs-afs.org.uk or call David on 0115 9664938.


We are pleased to be associated with Home Front History. Visit their website www.homefronthistory.co.uk.

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Plans for a significant air raid at Quorn GCR

We have just had a very positive meeting with Kate, Hayley and Martin of the Great Central Railway about plans for the 1940s weekend on 3rd-5th June 2016.

Quorn YardWe have earmarked a space (obviously subject to confirmation at this stage) between the Goods Shed and the turntable for a display. Our current idea for the storyline is this:

A number of wagons have been delivered to Quorn Yard the previous day, and are standing on the siding between the signalbox and the gate to the platform. These consist of:

  • a box van containing a consignment of explosives for the local Home Guard and Army platoons.
  • A ‘Shell’ tanker wagon full of petrol.
  • An open plank wagon with sundry supplies.

The Home Guard commandeer a local lorry to move the explosives. A couple of railway workers are nearby. Because of the importance of the shipment, Norman the Stationmaster is supervising the job. His wife Wendy appears on the scene bringing a message and his lunch when the siren sounds. They barely have time to take cover when a single German plane passes overhead and drops a stick of three bombs. One explodes harmlessly on the embankment on the far side of the line. The second hits the open wagon, while the third lands as a UXB somewhere in the yard.

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Rufford Air Raid

Rufford Air Raid

The second bomb is the big worry – it starts a fire, and smoke billows out of the wagon. There will be a major incident if it spreads to the explosives or petrol wagons. As the dust clears, we see that both Wendy and Norman were unlucky enough to get caught by the shrapnel. Some of the soldiers are also hurt, one or two quite badly. The Sergeant realises the seriousness of the situation, and sends a despatch rider to fetch assistance. ARP wardens rush down from the Station buildings with a bucket and stirrup pump, and try to stop the fire spreading, but it is futile. A crowd of onlookers appear, and the Police keep them back at a safe distance.

The NFS are quickly on the scene with a mobile dam, and K2 van and trailer pump, and possibly the Turntable Ladder. They get a hose run out, and douse the wagon, putting the fire out before it spread to the explosives or petrol. Meanwhile other firemen, helped by ARP wardens tend to Wendy and Norman while stretchers are brought. Some walking wounded make their way on foot (or by commandeered cars, which happen to be parked in the yard nearby) to the a safe place at the far end of the yard. Wendy and Norman are helped into the K2, which doubles as a temporary ambulance, to take them away for treatment. The remaining Home Guard men search the yard for the UXB, and erect some temporary fencing around it to keep people away.

As the ‘all clear’ sounds on the sirens, a crowd gather round the rest centre to see the casualties being treated.

Later in the day, the Bomb Disposal squad arrive to defuze the UXB in the yard.

Wendy and Norman are our regular ‘bloody casualties’ and have quite a knack of being in the wrong place at the wrong time when the bombs are falling. There may even be a chance to see the makeup artists in action.

This event has the potential to include a number of different groups or individuals, and other vintage vehicles, beside the fire engines. Police, ARP, medics, WVS, Press as well as Army / Home Guard. If you are interested in taking part, please contact Kate Tilley at the Great Central Railway office (01509) 632323, or email kate.tilley@gcrailway.co.uk

Details on GCR website.

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Remembering the London Blitz

 

Yesterday, a small group of us, David and Frances, Richard, Michael, Peter, Angus and Frazer went to London to commemorate 75th anniversary of the devastating air raid of 29th December 1940. We remember the heroic actions of the AFS, fire watchers, ARP and WVS on that night in which a 8 historic Wren churches, together with the Guildhall, and almost an entire square mile of the historic City of London was destroyed. Around 160 were killed as well as 14 firemen, with many more injured, and thousands left homeless.

We drove to Hertford, took the train to Moorgate, and walked to St Paul’s. We expected everyone to be there by then, but Massey Shaw had done some pumping in the morning, and people watched that from Allhallows Lane by Dowgate Fire Station before coming up to St Paul’s. In the afternoon, there were a few trips round the city, before everyone returned to Dowgate to wait for the siren at 6:05 and the special cavalcade round the City, led by a police car, escorted by two police cyclists, and tailed by a modern fire engine.

Thanks to Pascal Beauverd, Martin Cook and Margaret Dorman for a number of the photos.

Bomb damage seen from the top of St Paul’s Cathedral

 

A few videos:

And a few interesting articles:
The iconic photo: St Paul’s Survives

The Second Great Fire of London

An interesting account: alondoninheritance.com

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Remembering the Sheffield Blitz 75th Anniversary 12 December 2015

Last Sunday, Fran and I, Michael and Richard took the Turntable Ladder and a car-full of exhibits to the event at Sheffield Cathedral.

Blitz event at Sheffield Cathedral

Blitz event at Sheffield Cathedral

We set off really well, with the vehicle going like a train, averaging 30+mph, until we were within 15
miles of Sheffield. Then the trouble began. There was a complete loss of power, which I put down to running out of petrol, so put another 2 gallons in from a can. Got going, then same again. Fuel blockage. Checked the lines, and it seemed clear. We ran a bit further and stopped on the M1 roundabout. A very kind woman pulled up and handed us a Hi-Vis jacket. We then pulled forward into the forecourt of Anston Fire Station. A great place to break down – the firefighters gave us tea, offered toast, and somewhere dry to look at the vehicle. I cleared some dirt out of the filter, while Richard and Michael went ahead and set up a display. We got going, and only stopped once more on the way to clean out the filter again.

Blitz event at Sheffield Cathedral

Blitz event at Sheffield Cathedral

It was a truly magnificent event, where we met our friends Ian and Rob from 39-45 Allied
Group, UK Homefront, who were manning an ARP rest centre, Roger and Dianne from Birddog, and a number of other groups and reenactors, together with music and George Formby.

In the event, partly because of other commitments, and the atrocious weather, we decided to miss the event at The Moor Market in the evening, which we a pity. They showed the same file as was screened 75 years ago, and had sirens and searchlights, and a fire engine from the Emergency Services Museum.

We were allowed to park overnight in the Eyre Street Central Fire Station, thanks to South Yorks Fire and Rescue. Before returning, I fitted an extra fuel filter, to make sure nothing blocked the small metal filter.

Recovery Home (5)Oh dear, the journey home from Sheffield on Sunday afternoon was more eventful than hoped. Engine ran well until we ran out of petrol, but it didn’t self prime after filling from cans. Sorted in a few minutes, but the big problem came when the headlights shorted out and filled the cab with smoke. Luckily only a small bit of wire smoked, not the whole loom. Although I managed to isolate the short, and rig dipped headlights to come on with the ignition, Autohome Assistance recommended recovery, which arrived around 7pm, and we were all home by 8:30pm. Thank you Autohome.

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75th Anniversary Memorial Events 2016 – Newark

7th March 1941 saw a daring raid by two German bombers on Ransome and Marles, the vital bearing factory in Newark.

We are working with the events team at Newark Air Museum on a one day event on Sunday 6thMarch 2016, to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Luftwaffe attack on the Ransome & Marles bearing factory.

This commemoration is a joint venture between the museum and the NFS and AFS Vehicles Group; and Newark Town Hall, Newark Cemetery, NSK (TBC) and other likeminded organisations.

This will be part of the weekend of commemorative events, starting at 1:30pm on the Saturday outside the Town Hall with the reading of the names of the 41 people killed, and culminating at the Cemetery on the Monday where 30 of the 41 are buried. The museum will also be remembering 80th anniversary of the first flight of the Spitfire; the Rolls-Royce Merlin engines of this iconic fighter used bearings from Ransome & Marles.

Fireman and ARP rescuing a young woman

The main event at the museum will be a major Air Raid starting at 1:25pm, the actual time of the air raid 75 years ago, and the events in the aftermath of this will run all afternoon.

To help make the day even more memorable the museum is looking to have visiting displays and participants that are suitable and relevant to that time. We would like to include people and/or displays within the following areas:

  • Re-enactors, particularly those portraying factory workers (the more the better), ARP, Rescue, Police, Fire Service, WVS, Ambulance, Press, Home Guard and British Army
  • Wartime and Pre-war cars and military vehicles with their occupants ideally dressing in period clothing
  • Anyone with family connections to Ransome & Marles, especially descendants of people who were there in 1941.
  • WWII Veteran Associations or those that support them commemorating their role within the period
  • Music of the time
  • Model displays of Aircraft, Ships and Vehicles from the period
  • Cockpits/Aircraft/Aircraft Interior Displays/Engines from the WWII period

The approximate timing for the day will be as follows (NB these supersede the provisional timings on the entry forms):

8am:            Museum opens for exhibitors
10am:          Museum opens to public – Exhibitors should be in place.
10:45am:   Air Raid Participants briefing – this is essential if you wish to take part.
11am:          Music and entertainment begins – get into the swing for the day.
1:35pm:      The first air raid – much damage caused by bombs and machine-gun strafing. ARPs start to evacuate workers from the factory, and the works firemen start fighting fires.
2:00pm:      The second air raid – one more bomb, and straffing. The Fire Brigade arrive to with Escape and Turntable Ladders, and mobile dam.
2:15pm:      ARP and Rescue Services rescue severely wounded casualties, including those trapped in rubble. Casualties are taken away by a military lorry, vintage cars and an ambulance all afternoon.
2:24pm:      A minute’s silence to remember the dead, at the exact time the second raid actually happened.

3:00pm:      Royal Engineer Bomb Disposal team deals with the UXBs.
3:45pm:      Reenactors and public form a convoy for a parade through Newark.
4pm:           Museum closes to public and convoy departs around Newark to the old part of the R & M building (now NSK) (TBC), and on to St Mary’s church.
5:00pm:      Special service at St Mary’s Newark by the Market Square. (Note new time, NOT 5:30 as previously advertised!)

The Stanley Engineering Works, the Newark Boiler Works and the Great Northern Plaster Works, Newark-on-Trent, 1933 - Britain from Above

Ransome and Marles: Stanley Engineering Works in 1933

The museum is also keen to hear from anyone with ideas for display items, but wonder if they would be relevant to the days theme please contact them with the details: Newark Air Museum

Newark Cemetery are also commemorating the events of 1941 on Monday 7th March, the actual anniversary.

If you would like to take part, further details and application form are here: R&M invitation and form Let’s make this a really memorable and dramatic start to the re-enacting year, and honour all those who served and died, in a fitting way.

Admission is free for booked-in re-enactors and vintage vehicle drivers, and there may be some discount for re-enactors who just turn up. Otherwise, normal entry fees apply. You can also join the Facebook event here.

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75th Anniversary Memorial Events 2015

There are a number of memorial events coming up, as we are now 75 years since the main Blitz by the Luftwaffe on London, and other British towns and cities. This is a bit of a departure for us, as our ‘normal’ event is at a 1940s Weekend. However, we started with a Memorial event in Nottingham nearly 5 years ago in the Old Market Square, which we would like to repeat next May on the nearest Saturday.

Sadly, we missed the anniversary of Moonlight Sonata, the destruction of Coventry on 12th November, as there simply wasn’t enough time to organise anything, and there didn’t seem to be any great drive from the city itself.

However, there seems to be quite an impetus in Sheffield to remember the first, and biggest night of bombing on 12th/13th December. We have been invited by Sheffield Cathedral to take the Turntable Ladder for the Saturday daytime. In the evening, the city is planning barrage balloons and searchlights, and South Yorks Fire and Rescue have given permission to park the TL in the Central Fire Station by The Moor overnight. We plan then to go onto The Moor for the Sunday, before bringing the appliance home in the evening.

The Sheffield Star are behind this commemoration.

Appliances outside St Paul’s, with buildings burning in the background.

Just after Christmas is the 29th December, known as the ‘Second Great Fire of London‘, in which a firestorm was narrowly averted, although large areas of the City of London, and especially the area around St Paul’s, was completely destroyed by fire. Neil Bloxham is our contact for an event which looks like this:

10.00 Appliances and Crews arrive at Dowgate Fire Station
10.30 Display of Appliances and Equipment on forecourt of St Paul’s for Media and Public
12.30 Wreath laying at Goldmans Sachs memorial to Blitz Firemen TBC
13.00 Crews pumping into River at bottom of Allhallows Lane with Massey Shaw TBC
14.00 Lunch
15.00 17.00 Crews with Appliances on forecourt and St Paul’s
17.00 Tea Break
17.30 Parade of crews
18.05 Sounding of Air Raid Siren
18.15 Appliances turn out to complete route through city
18.45 Arrive at Fire Fighters Memorial for a short service of remembrance.

Margaret Gaskin’s superb account

It is much too far to take an appliance, but the plan is to drive to the outskirts of London, and take the tube or train into the City. So far, we have around half a dozen NFS firemen and WVS ladies planning to go. The fireboat Massey Shaw will be involved. Details are here.

There is a nice article about those terrible events here, but the definitive work is by Margaret Gaskin.

If anyone would like to join us for either of these events, please get in touch.

 

Next year, we have two more memorial dates, 7th March the anniversary of the daring raid on the Ransome and Marles bearing factory at Newark, and 8th May in Nottingham. Plans are coming on well for Newark, but we haven’t yet started on Nottingham. For both events, you really need to read David Needham’s book, “The Battle of the Flames”. Forget Amazon‘s £80+ price – David has copies for the original £10 + postage (or collection). [Hint – Christmas is coming!].

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K4 Winter Maintenance

Over the last few weeks, two key components of the K4 TL have received professional maintenance. Firstly, the petrol tank has always been a problem. The original filler spout entered the tank via a horizontal pipe, making for very slow filling, and entered the tank via a screw fitting that leaked. The tank was repaired by ‘Coolex’, formerly Nottingham Radiators, of Radford. They replaced two inelegant patches, and fitted the spout directly into the tank at the rear, for easy access by petrol pumps from either side of the vehicle. Other defects were sorted. Meanwhile, we cleaned and repainted the brackets, and drilled new holes so that the tank could be mounted about an inch lower, which will give better access to the tank send unit, and easier filling.

Secondly, the ladder head lock unit. This fitting prevents the ladder from moving whilst on the road. However, it has always been stiff, and opened too far, causing damage to the ladder itself. This was caused by some driver in the distant past driving off with the ladder extension PTO engaged, an accident that was repeated this summer, making the lock unusable. It has been fully dismantled, straightened out, the shaft untwisted, and repainted. It just needs the wooden blocks replacing, and it will be ready for refitting this weekend.

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NFS in training at Papplewick

Over the weekend of 10th / 11th October 1945, a small contingent of the NFS went to Papplewick Pumping Station for a small training exercise, and gained some useful experience with pump and hose drill. Whilst there, we found ourselves remembering the dark days of the Battle of Britain 5 years earlier, and celebrating the recent Victory in Europe.

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UXB On the Home Front at Rufford Abbey 26-27 Sept 2015

ARP wardens and Police are keeping the crowds back from the UXB in the middle of the Long Meadow. One ARP warden in the raid was sure she saw three bombs fall, but only heard two explosions, and after a search, the third bomb was found. Remarkably, it had come down on a very low trajectory, and had skimmed the ground. If it had fallen straight down, it would have been buried some 15 to 25 feet deep. The NFS K2 is nearby.

As is usual practice, officer makes an initial assessment, and estimates where the bomb is likely to be, and where to start digging. The sappers in the section then arrive with picks and shovels, and a number of sandbags, and start digging. Their job is simply to expose the bomb and its fuze, to allow the officer to defuze it.

The officer then determines the Safety Point, which is behind a few more sand bags a good distance from the bomb. (Actually close to the Salvation Army mobile canteen). Another sapper runs out a telephone cable from the safety point and the bomb. A box of tools is also taken to the bomb in preparation for defuzing it. (The box actually contains the pyro charge. The telephone wire is attached to the charge)

Once the digging is complete, the sappers all retreat to the Safety Point, and the officer tackles the bomb. A microphone is attached to the bomb, so that a sapper at the Safety Point can listen for ticking. (The telephone wire is actually connected to the firing box). The women of the WVS come over with a tray of tea from the nearby Salvation Army.

A Crabtree device is used to try to discharge the capacitors which store the firing current. One officer calls back that it is a ‘type 17’ which means that it has a timer.

Option A
The officer prepares to remove the fuse, but the sapper listening at the safety point hears ticking. He shouts as loud as he can, but the officer doesn’t hear him. A sapper runs over to tell him, and they quickly decide to get out of the way. As the two run towards the crowd, the bomb explodes. The two men running are hit by the blast, and land face down, still and quiet.

Option B
The officer prepares to remove the fuse, but the sapper listening at the safety point hears ticking. He shouts as loud as he can, and the officer calls for the clock stopper. Another sapper runs out a coil of wire, and the magnetic coil draped over the bomb. ‘Clock Stopper On!’ is called. The ticking gets faster, rather than stopping,and the Sapper at the Safety Point calls out that something is wrong. The officer and the sapper decide to run away. As the two run towards the crowd, the bomb explodes. The two men running are hit by the blast, and land face down, still and quiet.

(This is artistic licence. The type 17 fuze in reality had a timer which could be set for anything from 30 mins to 3 days. Although if it had been ticking for the 30 mins of digging, it could go off at any time)

As soon as the dust has settled, the shaken sappers go out to see what has happened. The ARP wardens come running with a First Aid bag, and decide that they need medical help. The ARP warden on a motorcycle sets off. The others start removing the battledress uniforms from the casualties, who are not far in front of the crowd. One doesn’t have a mark on him, and in fact gradually comes round. The second is in much worse shape, as when the battledress is removed, there is a large piece of shrapnel in his back, and his shirt is covered in blood. Some blood comes out of his mouth. (The man is made up in advance. The shrapnel folds flat, and is covered in blood. As he walks out, he wears a greatcoat or BD, and walks round to behind the bomb so he is facing the crowd. He then takes off the coat, but the crowd cannot see the injury as it is away from them. Likewise when he is running towards the crowd. It is only when he lies on his stomach that the crowd first see his back)

The NFS K2 arrives followed by the ambulance, and the officer is put onto a stretcher, and the ARP and firemen carry him to the ambulance. The stretcher is brought back for the injured man, who is carried to the K2. As there are no blankets to cover him, the crowd are able to see the wounds as he is carried along the crowd line to the ambulance. The ambulance then leaves.

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Air Raid On the Home Front at Rufford Abbey 26-27 Sept 2015

People are going about their business – police arresting spivs, civilians coming and going. There is a special event on in Rufford Abbey that a lot of people are present at.

The air raid siren sounds, and people look round for the approaching bombers. Civilians are ushered into the shelters. Perhaps a few into the undercroft, as well as upstairs.

Take cover! - John Lee

Take cover! – John Lee

The abbey takes a direct hit from a couple of 100Kg high explosive bombs, and a number of incendiaries. On incendiary hits a lean-to to the left of the abbey staircase. (Bangs from gas bird scarer, smoke grenades, silver fountains).

ARP assess the damage, and go in to lead out the walking wounded from the event in the abbey. One ARP warden has a clipboard, and is checking off the names of people who escape. A number are brought out and are lead to the safety and comfort of the WVS welfare operation. Still shaking from the shock, they are given tea and blankets, and sat down in safety. Those in the undercroft are also lead to the WVS centre.

Meanwhile an ARP warden sets off on her motorbike with a message that the Fire and Ambulance services are urgently needed, as the abbey roof has collapsed, trapping people in the rubble. The incendiaries have set the splintered wood on fire. Other ARP wardens try to tackle the fire with stirrup pumps and buckets of water. One goes into the building and we can see her through the balcony bravely trying to stop the fire spreading as her colleague pumps from the bucket at the foot of the steps. Wendy appears on the balustrade, just staring into the distance. It was a response to shock known as the ‘1000-yard stare’. Her husband calls to her, but she ignores him, just fixed in this stare. The ARP warden calls to Wendy to come out, but she doesn’t move. Eventually the ARP warden grabs her and make her come out. The other warden with the stirrup pump soon has to retreat as the flames catch hold.

Apart from the misfortune of the direct hit, it seemed to be quite a light raid, certainly compared to what was usual. But few people noticed the small metal contraptions that had wings like a sycamore seed or butterfly, and were lying around. No-one had seen them before, and did not know what they were. Still, best treat them with suspicion. As the smoke clears, one is seen on the upper balcony of the abbey, and one or two are lying on the ground near the abbey steps.

Casualty brought out - Mick Hill

Casualty brought out – Mick Hill

Luckily the NFS were not far away, as they had been doing some training as part of the event in the abbey, which included preparing a large emergency water supply. The NFS arrive with a K2 (and pump?), and the Fordson pump-escape. The Fordson pump sets into the dam. The ARP warden taking the register tells the senior officer that there are still people in the building.

The K2 unloads crew and equipment, and parks under the trees out of the way. Two hoses are run out from the pump towards the abbey door. One is used to put a jet in through the window. The other has a diffuser spray, and is drawn into the building and up the steps by two firemen. (It can actually be shut off as soon as it is wholly out of sight). The officer realises that a Turntable Ladder will be needed, and despatches another messenger.

Two more firemen are directed into the building with picks, crowbars and other rescue equipment. The Leading Fireman in charge of the Rescue Party thinks he can hear something. He calls for silence. The pump is knocked off. He taps a metal pipe. In the silence, we just make out a weak tap in response. More digging is done, and the casualty found. Other firemen and ARP come in, and help carry the wounded out, while others wait at the bottom of the steps with stretchers. (The casualties are taken to the crowd line partly for a good public view, partly to get them safely out of the way of any equipment). The pump is restarted, and more water put onto the fire.

Firemen direct water to the fire - John Lee

Firemen direct water to the fire – John Lee

The ambulance arrives, and does a tight turn and parks beside the Fordson, facing the exit so it does not obscure the action. Casualties are loaded. Once the last casualty is loaded, it sets off back to the Turning Circle.

The K4 Turntable Ladder - John Lee

The K4 Turntable Ladder – John Lee

The officer in charge then beckons the waiting Turntable Ladder down to the LH corner of the abbey, and the turntable ladder is extended to get water onto the remains of the abbey roof, as the last casualty is escorted to the WVS centre. Water is knocked off, and the hose is withdrawn from the staircase. The hose with the branch that was directed through the window is now connected to the Turntable Ladder, and all eyes are on the jet of water from the top of the ladder.

The Turntable Ladder is in place - John Lee

The Turntable Ladder is in place – John Lee

As the fire is now out, the ladder is retracted, and hoses are rolled up, and the All Clear is sounded on the siren. But just as everyone thinks things are returning to normal, a hose catches on one of the butterfly contraptions, and it explodes, killing? or injuring a fireman who is nearby. (This happens in the space between the abbey and the TL. A fireman takes a thunderflash from the K2, and strikes it, and drops it near the butterfly, and then becomes the casualty himself.)

The shock from this butterfly exploding also triggers another one, which is on the abbey balustrade, which goes off a few seconds later. Some were set to explode on the slightest disturbance, while others has a timer and would explode a few seconds later, or even up to 30 mins later.

A fireman is badly injured in a gas explosion - John Lee

A fireman is badly injured in a gas explosion – John Lee

This brings a wave of panic amongst the NFS and ARP, as they hastily look round checking if there are any more of these around. Meanwhile, the stretcher(s) are brought back for the injured firemen, and they are loaded into the K2 to get them to medical help quickly. The tunic of one fireman is badly ripped by the blast, and as it is removed, we see that there is a piece of shrapnel in his arm, which is bleeding profusely. He is carried by stretcher along the crowd line so people can see it. (Rather than the most direct route to the K2).

The K2 then departs to the field hospital, and the remaining firemen make up the kit. One of the ARP wardens tells the senior NFS officer (and commentator) that they are certain they saw a stick of three bombs come from the bomber, but we only heard two HE bomb explosions. A search is organised for the remaining bomb (which does NOT happen during the scenario. It is eventually found in the middle of Long Meadow, and the Bomb Disposal section of the Royal Engineers are expected in about an hour, after the D-Day training.

As Churchill? Monty? are in the area, they come down to see what has happened, so all the firemen and ARP immediately stop what they are doing, and form a parade line for a very brief salute, and congratulations on a job well done in protecting this country from the perils of the German bombing campaign, at great personal cost. (Whistle blows, casualties rise, and the WVS and walking wounded come and join the line for applause, together with Hannah and other makeup artists).

The ambulance and K2 return from the turning circle to the Guarderobe field hospital, and the crowd barriers are dropped. The public are invited to gather round the field hospital to watch the treatment of the casualties, while the WVS serve more tea to the walking wounded, and the hard-pressed and exhausted firemen, ARP wardens, and police. There is also a demonstration outside the hospital by the makeup artist.

You can find out more about Butterfly Bombs in the ‘Butterfly Winter’ episode of ‘Danger UXB’ here, and about the 1000-yard stare here.

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Woodhall Spa Air Raid safety briefing

>To ALL reenactors planning to take part in the Air Raid at Woodhall Spa on 18/19 July. It is ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL that you attend the safety briefing at 11:00am on the day of the air raid, and that you SIGN IN on the attendance sheet. This applies to ALL reenactors. No Exceptions (unless agreed with David Needham in advance)

So if you would like to be involved as: NFS, ARP, WVS, Police, Ambulance Driver, Dispatch rider, Walking evacuee, casualty, Doctor, civilian onlooker, Press or whatever, you MUST come to the briefing. It would also be helpful to PM lowdhamstation on facebook, or email info@nfs-afs.org.uk NOW if there is any doubt if you are on our list.

11:00 both days, by the NFS Mobile Canteen in the Golf Hotel car park if fine, or in the reception of the Golf Hotel if wet.

If you are NOT on the safety briefing sign-in sheet you WILL NOT BE ALLOWED ON THE ACTION SIDE OF THE CROWD BARRIER.

Download the Casualty and Press Briefing PDF

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