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Rita Ash

Civilian

My aunt, Rita Ash, was at the school in Catford on the day it was bombed. She came home from school with her clothes in tatters and filthy dirty from the explosion but luckily was not injured. My aunt and a friend were in the cloakroom of the school when the bomb hit and were only saved by hanging onto the coat hooks as the floor disappeared below them. Apparently there were a lot of children killed and they were all buried in the same place.

Update: The school is still open and flourishing as a junior and infant school. There is a memorial garden for the children and teachers who were killed. The aircraft was shot down by a gunner on an RAF crash boat at Newhaven. He heard the sirens go off in Lewes (North of Newhaven) which was unusual, so swung the guns and hit the aircraft on its way home. It crashed in the sea. Local legend has it that the gunner was an old boy of the school. Prior to bombing the school it strafed Catford Railway station - not sure about casualties though.










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