events from ww2

Eric 3Rd from right top row Chatham 1940?


Eric and Captain Sadler ?

Eric at Northern Command Bomb Recon School with Sgt Littlewood (Left) and Sgt Quarendon


A raid on Hull on the 24 th June 1943 A German raider droppped what was found out later to be a 1,000 Kg Hermann which was finally cleared By Lt F.H Richards on the 23 rd January 1946 almost 2 1/2 years after it was dropped.

The first shaft whilst searching for "old Bill" was a standard wood shaft like the above picture shows (this was the bomb at Cleethorpes)but due to the high water table experienced in Hull, Steel piling had to be used instead.

Old bill excavations

Steel pile being lowered by crane

Ground level shot around "Old Bill"

Old Bill exposed and lying at the bottom of the shaft

Lt F.H.Richards and men with Old bill finally defused