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I WAS very interested to read your stories about the Baedeker raid on York on April 29, 1942.
My father, who was 41 at the time, failed his medical for the forces due to poor eyesight so he became an ARP warden.
When the siren sounded, he went out as usual, and my mother and I stayed in the house. We had an Anderson shelter in the garden but it always had water in it.
We crouched under the stairs listening to the chaos outside, until the whistling of a very close bomb, and the crashing of bricks told us we had a very close hit.
On going outside in daylight, we found a large part of the back of the house was open to the sky and a huge crater in the back garden a few feet from where the back door should be.
On going out to the front, somebody told us my father had been hit by some shrapnel and an ambulance had taken him to the hospital. It was the only house in the avenue to be seriously damaged.
We found my father in the County Hospital, one leg badly damaged, causing him to stay in for quite a while. Unfortunately a short time later he developed what he recognised as tetanus and was readmitted.
At that time the illness was thought to be incurable and when he started to improve he was jokingly called the eighth wonder of the world.
It was thought that in the hustle and bustle he didn’t receive the anti-tetanus injection.
Betty Dawson (formerly Chelin, nee Shanks).
Manor Court, Stamford Bridge, York.
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