Tag Archives: Second World War

Died in the Line of Duty – The Norwich Baedeker Raids of April 1942

Between July 1940 and August 1941 Norwich had suffered 27 bombing raids.  There then followed eight months of relative calm until Monday 27th April when the city suffered heavy losses as a result of the Baedeker raids.  The German Baedeker … Continue reading

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Reading from the Archives: Out of the Mouths of Babes

For our next Reading from the Archives session, we have a special Family Friendly theme featuring documents written by children. We have once again delved into our collections to uncover the words of children from the pages of our documents, … Continue reading

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Bomber Command Medical Officers During the Second World War at RAF Marham

Introduction On D-Day 1945, RAF Medical Officer Victor Tempest introduced his memoirs, Near the Sun: Impressions of a Medical Officer of Bomber Command (NRO, MC 2216/1, 928X7), with the claim that he had achieved a ‘history of how men overcame … Continue reading

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All Quiet. Roof Still On: Jarrold’s Fire Watching Log August 1940-May 1941 (Part 2)

(Continued from Part 1, taken from the Jarrold’s fire watch log book JLD 4/10/16) Battling the Enemy Britain went to war with Germany in 1939.  The Jarrold’s firewatchers went to war with the rats in August 1940. Youngman took it … Continue reading

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All Quiet. Roof Still On: Jarrold’s Fire Watching Log August 1940-May 1941 (Part 1)

Jarrold’s department store in Norwich had to adhere to the 1940 Fire Watchers Orders by having firewatchers on duty at all times.  This log begins in August 1940 and ends in May 1941 (JLD 4/10/16).  It records the duties and … Continue reading

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How a Second World War air raid caused the closure of a Norfolk School: The accounts of Amy Buckley, Head Teacher

On the night of 26 – 27 June 1942, St Mark’s Primary and Infants’ School on Hall Road, Norwich was bombed and destroyed during a Second World War air raid. The school’s temporary log book (NRO, N/ED 1/86), written by … Continue reading

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What happened to Eugenia Zagajewska: discovering the story behind a name on a grave

The military section of Earlham cemetery contains graves of war victims of many nationalities, including even some German graves.  Two in the Polish section of eleven graves have always intrigued me: those of Wladislaw Slizewski and Eugenia Zagajewska.  Both died … Continue reading

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The Diary of Paul E. Homan: stories of WWII from an American Aviation Cadet who hoped his diary would keep the heritage alive.

Paul E. Homan was born in the U.S state of Pennsylvania in 1922. His life before his enrolment into the United States Army Air Force is unknown, but from his Diary of Service During WWII (2nd Air Division Memorial Library … Continue reading

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