August 2020

Interesting Objects!

An occasional series of interesting objects, that have Bawdsey connections.


78 years ago today 9 August 1942

Henry Collins had wanted to join the Navy but couldn’t so joined the Royal Air Force instead, finishing his training in June 1939. All his wartime postings were home postings and he arrived at Bawdsey on August Bank Holiday 1940, staying for 4 and a half years.

Here are some of the incendiary bomb casings retrieved by Henry Collins, who was on duty on the night of August 9 1942 when they fell. Mr Collins was a corporal at the time, on guard room duty, only 150 yards away from where the bombs fell. 
Bawdsey was a targeted several times: sadly, three people died and several more injured during the course of the war.

You can hear Henry Collins talk about this incident by clicking on the link below.

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