Alan Ward - Bombing the searchlight

Running time
1 min 30 sec
Date made
Department of Veterans' Affairs


One time, the nearest I got to any bombs was one time when they had a searchlight and it was enormous. A big searchlight, like that. I don't know how big it was but anyhow it was about 5 or 6 feet by the look of it, 5 or 6 feet across and they came in and they set up there and we could see them setting up there and it was a particularly big searchlight and we had the slit trenches there.

We were down in the slit trenches and these planes came over and we were watching them because they were in the searchlights, they had them up on the searchlights and you could see them coming in and they started their bombs just, it could have been one plane, I suppose, one plane with all the bombs and they started bombing there and came right over and stopped just after the searchlight. They stopped there and then started off the other side. What a wonderful, wonderful thing it was.

Was this page helpful?
We can't respond to comments or queries via this form. Please contact us with your query instead.