Air Raids


About this memory

My father was James Murray and he had volunteered for the RAF in 1939 and was called up in 1940. Before joining up he had worked with John Menzies and he told of an occasion in 1939 when he was visiting a customer in Goldenacre. They heard the rata-tat-tat of gunfire and went out onto the street to see a Heinkel flying low and eastwards, appearing to follow the line of ferry Road, pursued by a Spitfire which appeared to be shepherding the bomber away from the city. The customer, thinking in First War terms couldn’t believe a German bomber could be over Edinburgh within a month of the outbreak of war, and said “they must be practicing with real ammunition!.’
My sister’s husband, Archie, had joined the regular army in 1937 because employment prospects were poor in the 30’s; he was a motor mechanic in the Royal Engineers with the BEF in France and was evacuated back to Britain just before Dunkirk in 1940.
Image Courtesy of Bundesarchiv, Bild 101I-343-0694-21

Author or artist: George Murray

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