Air raid at Quorn Station, 3rd, 4th June 1942 (2017)

The display will be at 1:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday in Quorn Yard in the space between the Goods Shed and Marquee. Quorn and Woodhouse Station, Woodhouse Road, LE12 8AG.

A lone German bomber attacks a train parked in the siding at Quorn being unloaded. The train has a box van of explosives being unloaded by railway workers onto a lorry supervised and assisted by Home Guard. There is also a petrol tanker wagon. The WVS have a mobile canteen nearby, and a Rest Centre.

The siren sounds, and the approaching bomber can be heard.

As the bombs fall, the wagon between the explosives and the petrol ‘catches fire’.

Some railway workers and/or Home Guard are injured by shrapnel and blast. ARP are first on the scene. Seeing the immediate danger they despatch an urgent message to the NFS requesting urgent assistance and to ARP HQ, requesting stretchers and Ambulance.

The K2 and pump are first on the scene, quickly followed by the Mobile Dam. The MD parks, and the pump is detached and connected to the MD. Two branches are set to work: water spray over the burning wagon, and foam over the petrol tanker.

Meanwhile the ARPs have been administering First Aid, and when the stretchers arrive, the casualties are moved onto them, and eventually into the K2, which departs to the WVS Rest Centre.

  • If you are involved, it is essential that you are at the briefing by the NFS make arrangements. Casualty makeup will start around 11am or earlier.
  • NFS firemen’s briefing will be at 10:30.
  • If you would like to take part, please get in touch  ASAP

About lowdhamstation

I am a director of a small (and very technical) business, a committed Christian, a Reader (and preacher) in my local village church, husband to my dear Frances, am interested in heritage railways, and heritage fire engines. I currently run a group that displays wartime and early post-war fire engines at 1940s re-enacting events and steam engine rallies. O yes, and vintage cars and motorbikes, and we live in a Victorian railway station.
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