Alexander Kerr - Typhoon attack and escape

Running time
1 min 49 sec
Date made
Department of Veterans' Affairs


We had been in an incident which became rather infamous.

We were marching along the road on this long march and I saw six Typhoons fly past. They were looking everywhere for shooting things on the ground etcetera. I watched them as they went past and I saw them turn around and come back again and I said to Herbie 'They're going to hit us' and I jumped into a ditch by the side of the road and by the time the Typhoons got to us I had about five other bodies on top of me and then they fired their rockets and the rockets made one Hell of a noise and created murder and mayhem.

There were body parts flying everywhere, the terrible noise of the aircraft engines and the screams of the people who were killed. They killed sixty of us from that column.

There were a hundred others were seriously injured but Herbie and I, with my usual luck, didn't get a scratch but I said 'I'm not staying here. I'm getting out and going to the west front.'

So Herbie joined me and we walked, we escaped from the column into the forest and then walked westward knowing that sooner or later we'd come to the Allied forces.

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